Is Obama right to blame the ‘Bri­tish’ BP?

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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.

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