Brit Lord: Stop Anti-BP Talk With ‘Jerk on Mr Obama’s Collar’
June 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The anti-BP sentiment in the United States is putting a strain on the “special relationship” between the United States and Britain. BP’s billions provide about 12-13 percent of all dividend payments in Britain. And business leaders are beginning to worry that President Obama’s public condemnation of BP’s Gulf oil disaster, and its CEO Tony Hayward, may contribute toward the oil company’s failure. Lord Norman Tebbit, Margaret Thatcher’s former political attack dog, advised Prime Minister David Cameron to “give a large jerk on Mr Obama’s collar,”to rein in his attacks on BP.
As reported by Reuters, Cameron has come under increasing pressure by conservatives to support BP, while at the same time acknowledging that the British-based oil firm caused one of the worst oil disasters in American history:
“In his first public comments about the crisis, Cameron said he would raise it with U.S. President Obama when they next spoke. That will be a delicate balancing act between upholding British interests and nurturing a key diplomatic relationship.”
“This is an environmental catastrophe. BP needs to do everything it can to deal with the situation and the UK government stands ready to help,” Cameron told reporters during a visit to Afghanistan. “I completely understand the U.S. government’s frustration. The most important thing is to try to mitigate the effects and get to grips with the problem. It’s something I will discuss with the American president when we next talk.”‘
On Monday, a group of Britain’s top business leaders from such companies as, Vodafone, BG Group and WPP converged on BP’s headquarters for a party to show support for beleaguered CEO Tony Hayward.
‘”London Mayor Boris Johnson, a close ally of Cameron, said the threat to BP’s dividend, which U.S. politicians want cut, was a “matter of national concern.”‘
‘”There’s something slightly worrying about the anti-British rhetoric that seems to be permeating from America,” he told BBC radio.”‘
Cameron and President Obama are scheduled to speak via telephone this weekend, during which the BP Gulf oil disaster is sure to be a topic of conversation, since Brit dividend payments are at stake for chrissake. That’s more important than a catastrophic economic and environmental disaster in America, right?
Cranky right-winger Lord Tebbit thinks so:
“Even members of Cameron’s own Conservative Party have spoken out, with London Mayor Boris Johnson calling for “cool heads” in Washington and veteran politician Norman Tebbit urging Cameron to “give a large jerk on Mr Obama’s collar.”‘
Tebbit, a former member of Parliament, now spends his days protecting Margaret Thatcher’s conservative legacy, when he isn’t assaulting children dressed up as Chinese dragons. The incident was colorfully described by the Daily Mail:
“The 78-year-old was so upset by the noise caused by a Chinese New Year celebration near his home that he ran 100 yards down the street, grabbed a drum that someone was banging, and planted a kick on the backside of a dancing dragon – without realising a boy was inside.”
Maybe Cameron should deploy the unhinged Lord Tebbit to give a good ass-kicking to “I want my life back” Tony Hayward.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/ James Robertson Photography/Norman Tebbit Edinburgh University Politics Society 2008