Was travelling with number one son to Birmingham the other day and we were naturally discussing cars. I expressed my usual need to change the Merc and get something newer and more economical topic; this conversation has been running for about a year now. I floated, gently, the idea of a Mini Cooper S into the mix… I was a little taken aback at the snort of derision from No. 1, he was not keen at all. I’m glad I didn’t mention that I wanted the Clubman Estate version!