Is Obama right to blame the ‘British’ BP?
THE ecological disaster being played out in the Gulf of Mexico cannot be contained by President Obama’s rhetoric against the British. Only the hard work at the cutting edge of technology will do solve the problem. The President’s outrage against ‘British Petroleum’ won’t solve the problem, but will increase our own scepticism of the ‘special relationship’ with the U.S. under Obama. One does not need to look too far into U.S. business ethics to see the ‘ecological disaster’ of its own fastfood corporations and how the powerful advertising dollars have force-fed the world the junk food that has created mass obesity, with the ruined lives and related health costs that have followed. Will Obama be compensating the NHS as he would wish (not unreasonably) BP to compensate American interests? Some hope.
WARREN MISKIN, London W8. IT IS all very grand of Mr Obama to campaign against BP and stir up anti-British feeling. I don’t recall Mr Obama offering compensation for America’s ‘toxic debt’ which helped cause the recent financial crisis in which thousands of people lost jobs and homes. Accidents happen, and anyway — who granted BP permission to drill in such deep water when it was known to be a high-risk situation?
MICHAEL FALLAS, Beaconsfield, Bucks. I ADMIRE President Obama’s determination to ensure all victims are compensated. This is indeed different from the stand taken by his predecessors. President Obama has declared his intention to make BP pay ‘every single dime’ of losses suffered as a result of the spill. Perhaps, then, there is hope for the suffering people of Bhopal, India, for proper compensation and clean-up of the derelict plant and local groundwater supply. Also that hospital treatment will finally be forthcoming from the U.S. owners, Dow Chemical/Union Carbide Corporations.
JOHN BRYANT, Slough.