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Tony Hayward: All Washed Up?…….The Oligarch Kings…..

Well may he have been seen with his head in his hands at that press conference at the weekend.   For oor wee Tone is simply the latest victim of the broken well in the Gulf of Mexico.  We can add him to the pelicans and the ruins of America’s oil strategy.  President Obama has clearly been taking the trouble to finger Tony Hayward as the villain of the piece in the ongoing on-growing mess that is the Gulf of Mexico burst.

At the weekend and totally at sea, Obama publically stated that after Tony’s ill thought out and injurious remarks about “wanting his life back” and that the mess was “only tiny in comparison to all that water” he would not employ him.  The question now must be – will BP?  They sure don’t want to go down with all hands.  There will be questions being asked in BP as to when he goes, not if.  Who will shove him overboard first, the board or the shareholders?

Obama wants it nice and simple, and above all as far away from the White House as he can get it.

Obama needs to appear tough, resilient and above all else effective.  He can’t be any of these.  He can’t fix the leak, and there are no government resources that he can employ that can.  No Bruce Willis to call on,  no Thunderbirds and International Rescue either.  Just a burst pipe at the bottom of a mile’s depth of sea.  Impotency is a President’s worst nightmare.  It makes you look like Jimmy Carter.

You wonder why they allowed drilling there when they didn’t have cast iron assurances that the technology worked.  Ah yes, regulators – so that’ll be like the banks then, they were regulated too. That and an absolute need to be energy self sufficient made them rush into deep water.

So Obama talks tough for a domestic audience.  He has irritated his allies by referring incorrectly to BP as British Petroleum which is as out-dated as calling it Anglo-Persian Oil.  The Brits are a trifle tender on the subject of their big brother at the moment.  Truth is BP is only 44% British and is 39% American.  And of the American interest 14% are private individuals.  If he does stop the payment of a dividend then he denies US private individuals $4 billion!  A real vote winner that.


June 11, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , ,


  1. It’s Hayward, not Hayword. You’re only batting about .800 in the spelling, James, so if there’s a spelling protocol or program app, it might be helpful.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. Just while we are on the spelling chat, i think the site is Oligarchkings. (Without the r ager the g)

    And as I am passing by, a pat on the back, you certainly cover a great deal of current topics with some really good postings from all over!


    Comment by Ruth Patterson | June 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Ruth ….Thank You…..And don’t be a stranger……The Oligarch Kings poster has links to us…and I to him……

      You can correct my spelling anytime……

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. * on, not of – oh the joy of typos!

    Comment by Ruth Patterson | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  4. Thank you Ruth and DSD on the spelling mess ups….

    No excuse…..

    Even it was 2:00 AM and I was on my 50th post for the day!

    You keep me honest folks….

    Appreciate it…..I really do….
    Ruff, Ruff!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 12, 2010 | Reply

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