Author Archives: BBC Joe Lynam

About BBC Joe Lynam

BBC Business Correspondent covering banks, economy, companies, credit, management, tech, IT, government, markets etc. This is my private Blog and and such doesn't necessarily represent the views of the BBC

Star Wars VII review

Why does Finn played John Boyega (British/Nigerian) speak with an American accent and General Hux played by Domhnall Gleeson (Irish) speak with a pre world war one English accent? Why does Finn – after 20 years of brain washing by … Continue reading

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James Murdoch leaves Isleworth in London for Manhattan

James’s resignation has a lot to do with the BskyB share price. Having fallen by 26% last summer, BskyB – which has nothing to do with News International (the Times, Sun etc) other than the Murdoch family presence – has … Continue reading

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Iceland supreme court ruling may accelerate repayment to UK and NL governments

My instant reaction to today’s ruling from the Icelandic Supreme court would be that this ruling now unties the hands of the Icelandic government to repay UK and NL the £2.4bn owing from the collapse of Landsbanki in 2008. After … Continue reading

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UK Govt proposes a more permanent clock change – Is Britain moving closer to Europe after all?

For those of you who read today’s press release from the Dept for Business & Innovation and assumed that Britain’s clocks are set to change permanently soon, might I ratchet your expectations downwards? There is a Private Members Bill winding … Continue reading

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Why the #Occupy movement should occupy the minds of politicians

There’s a key barometer of income disparity, which some might describe as a measure of fairness. It’s called the Gini Co-efficient and the higher the number the more unequal the distribution of wealth in that country. The so-called Anglo Saxon … Continue reading

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Double take: UK is among the fastest growing countries in the G7. Best of very weak bunch

Using Q2 GDP as the basis, then Britain is just behind the US and Italy in GDP growth figures. But if you used the first half figures, Britain would be the third weakest. It’s a measure of just how weak … Continue reading

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Countdown on the Eurozone Crisis: the crucial next 5 weeks

Oct 3 Eurogroup in Luxembourg Oct 4 Ecofin Oct 13-16 G20 Finance Ministers in Paris Oct 14 Slovakia govt to vote on EFSF at the latest Oct 14 Date on which Greece says it will run out of cash without … Continue reading

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