Posted by: Trizzo | June 10, 2010

Americans – Hate BP, not us Brits


“BP shares suffered another difficult day as attention turns to the possible impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on the UK’s image in the US.

The oil giant’s shares closed down 6% in London after earlier plunging 12%.

The UK government has played down fears expressed by some senior figures of “anti-British rhetoric” in the US.”

Source: BBC News – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/10281079.stm

 All week I’ve been hearing about “anti-British rhetoric” coming from America,  from the BBC website, to quotes from US Senators;

Anthony Weiner, a usually sensible Democratic congressman, declared:
 “Whenever you hear someone with a British accent talking about this on behalf of British Petroleum, they are not telling you the truth.”

Source: The Guardian –  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/jun/10/us-bloodlust-bp-oil-spill

 I sympathise with America, I really do, this disaster is massive and is going to cost billions of Pounds / Dollars to sort out and will have an impact for probably many years.  However what has disappointed me and frankly annoyed me slightly is how it could be implied by certain individuals that the UK is to blame in some respect.  May I point out that whilst BP started out as a UK company and was called ‘British Petroluem’ in 1954, it is now an international company, which changed it’s name following in 2001 to simply BP.  Maybe congressman Anthony Weiner should look up that subtle bit of history.

Additionally the facts about the explosion and the failed blowout preventer have yet to come to the surface (no pun intended).  It may interest others that BP didnt operate the rig – but a US firm did (Transocean), that out of 126 employees on the rig – only 6 were BP employees and that the failed blowout preventer itself was built by another US firm (Cameron),   I think before the US goes on a merry old witch hunt against BP, they should actually find out the facts of what actually happened first.  But they do have the right to blame BP on other matters, such as being ill-prepared and equipped to deal with the situation in the gulf of mexico.

The truth is going to take a long time to come out and whilst it is quick and easy to blame BP, considering their less than stellar record we should remember that just because it was a British company that not everyone is to blame.  After all did British politicians place blame on America for the sub prime loans that started the global recession only 2 years ago?

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  1. “Anthony Weiner, a usually sensible Democratic congressman, declared:
    ”Whenever you hear someone with a British accent talking about this on behalf of British Petroleum, they are not telling you the truth.””

    Weiner by name; whiner by nature:)

    • Becky – sometimes you just can’t run from your name i guess!! haha.

      And thank you for being the first person to comment on my blog 🙂

      Trizzo

  2. I watched a program last night where they showed an American chat show blaming “England” for BP’s actions.
    I was gob-smacked at how supremely narrow minded they were being, and how immensely undereducated they are about the innards of one of the world’s largest oil companies…
    Gotta love Americans 😉
    Still, I suppose they thought the Queen and James Bond were behind it…

  3. I am British. I am completely ashamed that this company carries my countries name. B.P. do not care about Americans or British people. To all you Americans, British oppression is as healthy today as it was when America took it’s independence. Trust me I know I have to live under it every day and do not have a land of the free to run too.


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