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Who deserves to take home the BTCC trophy for 2015?

So who deserves it most? The gloves will come off in the fight for the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend and, realistically, two men will go head-to-head for the ultimate prize. Factory Honda Civic Type R driver Gordon Shedden and Team BMR VW CC man Jason Plato are […]

When is manipulation software not a defeat device?

Never has a news story made me so incredulous. But I’ve checked and rechecked and, yes, there is a strong suggestion from VW that the use of manipulation software in European emissions testing may not be illegal. The argument appears to centre around whether the software constitutes a defeat device. European test regulations clearly state […]

Robert Peston’s new job ruffles feathers at the BBC

Earlier this week Mr S reported how Robert Peston’s appointment as ITV’s new political editor had led his former BBC colleagues to… The post Robert Peston’s new job ruffles feathers at the BBC appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

2017 Vauxhall Meriva replacement spotted – latest spy pictures

These are the latest spy pictures of the replacement for the Vauxhall Meriva – and they show that the new car will move away from its pure MPV heritage and get conventional doors instead of the controversial rear-hinged back doors of the existing model. The new model – which is likely drop the Meriva name […]

What the Vote Leave campaign needs to do next

The cross-party ‘Vote Leave’ campaign launches today, with an impressive list of backers from politics and business. It is run… The post What the Vote Leave campaign needs to do next appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Amazon launches handicraft store

Amazon launches handicraft store 9 October 2015 From the section Technology Image copyright ollie and olina Image caption US crafters Ollie & Olina, who make baby bibs and quilts, are one of the first retailers on Handmade at Amazon Amazon is entering the handicraft market with the launch of a new online store for handmade […]

2016 Audi Q5 spotted – latest pictures

Audi is taking renewed aim at the BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and newly launched Mercedes-Benz GLC with an all-new second-generation Q5 – and these are the latest pictures of the model in testing. The mid-sized SUV is planned to be unveiled shortly before the start of UK sales during the final quarter of 2016. It will […]

New Alfa Romeo SUV spotted testing

These are the latest images of the smaller of Alfa Romeo’s two new SUV models, which has been testing as an early mule on the roads of Italy. Fiat Chrysler Auto boss Sergio Marchionne has revealed ambitious seven-model plan for Alfa’s revival, including two ‘Utility Vehicles’. Arriving ‘between 2016 and 2018’, the two models are expected […]

Transport Secretary confirms start of UK emissions testing programme

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that the UK has now started its own testing programme just days before he will join Volkswagen’s UK managing director in appearing before Parliament’s Transport Select Committee. Following...Show More Summary

Toyota to launch driverless technologies from 2020

Toyota has started road tests of its Highway Teammate autonomous vehicle concept, with a view to launching related technologies in 2020. The vehicle – which is a modified version of a Lexus GS – is being tested on Tokyo’s Shuto Expressway and is equipped for automated motorway driving all the way from the on-slip to […]

Electric vehicles complete successful MPG Marathon

The electric vehicles taking part in this year’s MPG Marathon have shown again how cost effective and reliable they have become by completing the 380-mile course in virtually the same time as their conventionally-powered competitors, but with significantly less energy usage than even the top performers. Following their introduction to the event last year, two […]

Driver error is contributory factor in 74% of accidents

Human factors continue to significantly outweigh other reasons for crashes on British roads. That’s the finding of analysis by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which is calling on drivers to take action on improving their driving skills. Police can cite up to six factors for the cause of each accident they report. The figures […]

New Lexus concept to preview next LS

Lexus has announced plans to showcase a luxurious new concept car at the Tokyo motor show later this month, and Autocar understands the concept will preview the next-generation LS saloon. Officially described as previewing “Lexus’ future...Show More Summary

NHS deficits hit ‘massive’ £930m

NHS deficits hit ‘massive’ £930m By Nick Triggle Health correspondent 9 October 2015 From the section Health Image copyright Thinkstock NHS trusts in England have racked up a £930m deficit in the first three months of the financial year -that is more than the entire overspend last year. Regulators said the figures for April to […]

Opting-Out Made Easy

A number of readers have been in touch to ask about the Labour Party political levy and how they can stop making these payments as part of their regular trade union membership fees. Now this requires a bit of work and I've written about what people in this situation need to do on the blog site previously. Show More Summary

Failure to Launch

The latest TNS opinion poll confirms that 'Corbymania' has fail to launch in Scotland where SNP remains a whopping 35 points ahead of Labour. I doubt anyone is taking anything for granted, but with the SNP polling at 56% compared toShow More Summary

Fife Council Update (06/10/15)

Great news for all Action 4 Equality Scotland clients in Fife - the tribunal hearing against Fife Council which was scheduled to start today (6th October) in Dundee has been 'sisted' or postponed until 28 February 2016. Because after...Show More Summary

Action 4 Equality Scotlan

Here are contact details for Action 4 Equality Scotland - including a new telephone number. Action 4 Equality Scotland10 York PlaceEdinburghEH1 3EPEmail: Phone: 0131 659 9958 As I said the other day in relation...Show More Summary

FIFA in the Dock (28/05/15)

Fifa and Sepp Blatter have thumbed their nose at world football for years as a small band of men have manipulated the game's governing body, enriching themselves in the process of deciding where the lucrative World Cup should be staged every four years. Show More Summary

Blatter's Waterloo

The BBC reports that Sepp Blatter seems finally to have met his 'Waterloo' as the FIFA president is suspended to allow an investigation into allegations of corruption inside the governing body of world football. Whether FIFA can survive...Show More Summary

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