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.

And the virulent anti-BP sentiment in the U.S. is viewed from across the pond, as anti-British rhetoric:

‘”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


9 Responses to “Brit Lord: Stop Anti-BP Talk With ‘Jerk on Mr Obama’s Collar’”

  1. Old Man Dotes on June 10th, 2010 12:53 pm

    You want to rein in attacks on BP? How about stopping the attack on America by BP that is still under way? How about paying the lost income to Americans who are out of work because BP destroyed their livelihood? How about paying for all the clean up that’s going to have to continue, possibly for decades to come?

    I have no problem ending the “special relationship” with the UK if it means making BP take proper action to remedy the harm caused by BP’s malciicious, knowing and willful attack on the American economy and the Gulf ecology.

    Remember, this entire debacle was cause by BP failing to comply with safety rules, because safety costs part of profits; and BP has a track record of NINETY TIMES as many safety violations as the next nearest violator.

    So cry me a river, Mr. Cameron. And then please go drown yourself in oil-polluted sludge in a BP-owned facility somewhere.

  2. Young Man Dotes on June 10th, 2010 2:48 pm

    How about you acknowledge the fact that the company DIRECTLY responsible for the incident is American owned?

    That BP is a multinational corporation and the majority of its shareholders are AMERICAN?

    That Obama insists on referring to the company as ‘British Petroleum’ despite the fact that it changed its name to BP over TEN YEARS AGO to reflect the fact that it is no longer a british company?

    The simple fact is Obama is trying to deflect blame away from his own shores onto a country which has had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with this disaster which has been brought on by American workers working on an American vessel owned by an American company operating for an international company, the majority of which is America-owned.

  3. fauvi on June 10th, 2010 3:04 pm

    Imagine BP were a German or French corporation!
    Gang war going on and the whole world wishes to see your dirty ” special relationship” break!
    The USA is as responsible or irresposible like UK, there is no difference. It couldn’t happen to a better place, just enjoy it, you greedy Amis.
    Yes, schadenfreude is sweet.
    And who cares about your pension? You’ve destroyed them everywhere around the world, nothing new there.

    The whole world is the victim of anglosaxons, their financial monsters and social destruction. We hate you both, morons, drop dead! Now you see how it is to have a catastrophe on your own hands. Think about what you’ve done in Iraq, That’s worse than GoMexico!

  4. cdur on June 11th, 2010 3:03 am

    As a French, good thing that it wasn’t Total..!!! Imagine how it would be if it was Exxon..??!!

    it’s not a politician problem….it’s a technical one…! Even a “King Obama” can’t resolve it…!!

    Powerless of politicians is demonstrated again….

  5. cabdriver on June 11th, 2010 5:23 am

    Just when I thought this couldn’t get any worse. For ten years from the arctic circle to the caribean BP has flouted not just environmental laws but business common sense. We’re just as harsh on our own companies [google ENRON for proof, oh that’s right the “EU” doesn’t like them either!]. “Jerk on Obamas’ collar” I can just imagine the black community in America when they hear about this, this morning! [I wish I could excuse all these insensitive comments as “British humor” that I never get] I can’t wait to find out who told the crew to use seawater [haven’t heard which “company-man” said that before the rig fell into the gulf on earth-day] rather than “mud” to save money [money seems to be a common theme with this company]. I suspect Haliburton will get crucified in good time, even the American public can only stomach so much stupidity.

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  7. Marija on June 11th, 2010 9:29 am

    Re:Brit Lord Norman Tebbit! Let’s All around World, Join Together,( leave diference on side), the BP oil spill must be cleaned, from our beautiful U.S. coast, So I, am inviting Mr;Lord Norman Tebbit, to organize Britain’s wide acction, get together, and , help, clean , for it will benefit all, and as soon we do this, the money’s, will start coming in, For helpingclean U.S. Coast, olso BP’s stock holders,in U.S., and as Britain’s largest corporation BP, will olso start, payn’g to pension funds. THEN WE ALL AROUND THE WORLD CAN SAY, WE ARE THE WORLD,TOGETHER. LET’S GO DO’IT NOW, LORD NORMAN TEBBIT, INVITATION TO YOU, FROM MARY, NOW.

  8. Trisha on June 12th, 2010 12:43 am

    How convenient it is to forget that Halliburton was actually sealing the well when it failed? How convenient it is to overlook the fact that the M.M.S. has failed to regulate the oil industry since the beginning of the glorious Bush 43 years?

    The more Oscama bitches, the more threats there are to seize BP from the best Congress money can buy, the greater the chance that BP will fail, declare bankruptcy (which means only existing claims will be met, not future ones) and walk away from the U.S.. Finally, what happens to American citizens who hold BP shares – and receive dividends – through their pensions?

    Oh, and of course, Americans are really keen on the environment when it’s in their Gulf, but couldn’t give a rats about the depleted uranium their military has spread over Iraq and Afghanistan, and the pollution Chevron left behind in Central America.

  9. Peter Evans on June 16th, 2010 1:10 pm

    As a Brit living in Houston I have read with disgust that it was upper management at BP that has been guilty of criminal behaviour. That management was, and is, primarily British.
    Read for yourself via McClatchy, and how they have enjoyed immunity from prosecution and hefty fines stemming as far back as 2000.
    The previous CEO, Lord brown and this current half wit Hayward, are criminals and should be dealt with as such. I am sorry my countrymen in the UK are being misled by politicians and newspapers on the grounds of patriotism. We are usually a very fair lot.

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