BP oil spill: David Cameron caught in middle

I don’t think David Cameron has anything to worry about from the weakest president that The United States has ever had, Obama is trailing no other than Jimmy Carter.


The government moved to quell suggestions of indifference to the BP oil disaster today when both David Cameron and the chancellor, George Osborne, spoke to BP’s chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, urging all sides to find a constructive solution to the environmental crisis.

Cameron and Osborne are involved in a delicate balancing act, facing calls to stand up to Barack Obama’s criticisms of BP and the anti-British sentiment on which the US president seems to be trading. At the same time, Cameron cannot afford to wreck the so-called special relationship by being seen to attack Obama on an issue that is causing the president political trouble. But sources said BP would be in “listening mode” when its executives meet Obama in what is expected to be a difficult encounter, given that the US president has made personal attacks on Hayward and the company which have unnerved the financial markets and sent the BP share price spiralling downwards.

Earlier, the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, warned that a row between Britain and the United States over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico risked turning into a futile and destructive bout of “megaphone diplomacy”.
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