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Could Brexit mean nul points for the UK at Eurovision?

By |May 8th, 2017|

by Dr Steve McCabe, Associate Professor at Birmingham City University’s Business School

The UK has had a torrid time at Eurovision in recent years. There is good evidence that other countries have something of an agenda against the UK and seem to delight in awarding us as few points (or none at all) as possible.

But this […]

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Industrial Strategy; a cure for all known ills?

By |January 23rd, 2017|

By Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School
In the wild west of America there were stories of so called snake oil salesmen who proffered a product that was claimed to be efficacious for all sorts of ailments. It was, like a lot of what went on in those unregulated days, a scam.

Selling an industrial strategy […]

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Should Trump’s election be seen as a ‘Black Swan‘ event? What does it mean for the UK?

By |November 9th, 2016|

By Dr Steve McCabe, Economist at Birmingham City University’s Business School

In considering today’s momentous event, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America, I am reminded of the phenomenon known as a ‘black swan event’. This phenomenon is essentially something that is such a surprise that the occurrence would […]

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What does the budget tell us about Osborne’s ambitions?

By |March 18th, 2016|

By Dr Steve McCabe , Birmingham City Business School
The Budget speech delivered by Chancellor George Osborne tells us much about his desire to ensure that issues of the economy are driven by political dogma rather than what is necessarily good for the economy. Osborne is, of course, not exceptional to every other Chancellor of the […]

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In an age of constant social media communication, are sports stadiums losing relevance?

By |February 25th, 2016|

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

For someone who grew up in Hall Green, Birmingham in the 1970s it is fascinating to look at the pictures taken of the area when it was being transformed in the 1920s from a small collection of house in the countryside on the outskirts of Birmingham to the suburb […]

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Will the new system of voting make Eurovision more exciting?

By |February 18th, 2016|

By Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City University’s Business School

There is an old idiom about ‘flogging a dead horse’. As one internet explanation of this expression states, flogging a dead horse refers to doing something that is “entirely pointless and cannot result in any productive end.” This expression comes to mind with respect to changes that […]

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What’s behind the potential merger of Sainsbury’s and Argos?

By |February 3rd, 2016|

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City University’s Business School

In many ways the £1.3 billion merger between Sainsbury’s and Argos seems strange. The traditional supermarket retailer which has its origins in 1860s London and a retailer that grew out of providing non-food items in return for collecting what were known as ‘Green Shield Stamps’. However, once you […]

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Should women have to pay a ‘sexist surcharge’ on the high street?

By |January 21st, 2016|

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City University’s Business School

On first view this might seem like a peculiar story that harks back to a different age. The idea that you pay higher prices for something simply because it is intended for use by women would, in the supposedly egalitarian age in which we live, seem absolute nonsense. […]

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Should we be concerned about the UK’s economic future in 2016?

By |January 7th, 2016|

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City University’s Business School

I am not going to engage in the ‘art’ of prediction. However, what I can say is that the immediate future will be dependent on a number of things that, cumulatively, create a great deal of uncertainty and, therefore, potential for negativity in economic terms.

For starters the data coming […]

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The harsh reality of getting back to normal

By |December 24th, 2015|

By Dr Steve McCabe

Some seven years on from the 2008 GFC (Global Financial Crisis) it seems that memories are fading as to what caused a crash that, as well as being compared to the infamous 1929 Wall Street Crash, wrought havoc in markets across the world. It’s worth remembering that the 1929 crash in America […]

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