Senior Tories today warned Barack Obama to back off as billions of pounds were wiped off BP shares in the row over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Mayor Boris Johnson demanded an end to “anti-British rhetoric, buck-passing and name-calling” after days of scathing criticism directed at BP by the President and other US politicians. Former Conservative Party chairman Lord Tebbit branded Mr Obama’s conduct “despicable”. And with the dispute threatening to escalate into a diplomatic row, Mr Johnson also appeared to suggest that David Cameron should step in to defend BP. – Boris Johnson tells Barack Obama: Stop bashing Britain
We love you. Really.
But “bashing Britain”? This is about BP, a corporate marauder. I was on the BBC several times last week and told the truth about the malfeasance that has now been widely reported. Anyone attempting to defend BP is standing on the corpses of dead wildlife, not to mention the ruined lives of Americans in the Gulf.
Have you not seen the pictures of the pelicans?
BP willingly put safety aside, which they’ve been doing habitually for years, and gambled with our Gulf coast.
They decimated an ecosystem along the Gulf and with it is going a way of life for thousands of Americans and their families. Our economy could be decimated by the unemployment boom in the Gulf Coast region.
We’re not mad at you. We hate BP.
You simply cannot expect us to give a rat’s rear end about stock prices, dividends and all things BP when a way of American life is dying because of BP’s callous disregard for safety, using the U.S. environment as their corporate killing fields.
I know you all are an unemotional, pragmatic bunch, but get a heart.