Wednesday - When business secretary Vince Cable went to Lotus last November to announce that the company was to get a £10.44 million grant from the Regional Growth Fund because it was creating new jobs and progressing its technology, quite a few of us reckoned he’d taken leave of his senses.

Lotus had been mute and apparently inactive for so long that it looked like a dead duck and the grant a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Now it’s clear that the politicians knew a thing or two the rest of us didn’t. Lotus boss Aslam Farikullah’s quiet revelation this week — that the company has been in recovery for more than a year, with rising car sales and demand for its engineering services — suddenly makes the grant look appropriate and well timed.

Lotus is not out of the woods; it hardly ever is. But its trajectory is extremely encouraging, and the quiet way that it has been improving the fundamentals makes the whole recovery look plausible and durable.

Perhaps — we say this with caution — a new Lotus is being born this time.

Tuesday – Driving home in the Autocar MG 6 diesel last night, radio off, just enjoying the car, I fell to wondering why this ordinary machine, too-hastily rejected by most of the market, seemed so damned pleasant to operate.