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Tony Hayward, BP And The Oil Spill

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Good Job

I am really very impressed with BP’s Chief Executive.  He is doing the best possible job for his company – and probably for all concerned.  His appearance on the Andrew Marr show this morning was an object lesson in how to handle such a crisis.  He is suitably contrite.  He is direct, honest, loyal, everything that any board of directors or committee of shareholders could ask for.  Crucially, in the TV age, he looks right.  His appearance is an exact match for his message.

Here is a man who is worth every penny of a salary I would expect to run to hundreds of thousands of pounds.

I’m no fan or friend of big oil companies.  There’s little doubt in my mind that BP and Esso/Exxon, the world’s biggest, operate an effective cartel on fuel prices.  They’re so big that no government can do anything about it.

I don’t think you can blame BP for the disaster although obviously it is responsible.  Clearly, you have to ensure that all possible safety standards and procedures are complied with but, given that, it could have happened to any oil company, anywhere.  There’s no more greed in BP than anywhere else. It’s just a business trying to make a profit like any other.

I deplore the oil spill just as I approve of motherhood and apple pie.  I understand that Obama has to give BP an appropriate amount of flak but the important point is how it is dealing with the disaster and all its consequences.  From what I see I think we should all be grateful that Tony Hayward is the man in charge.

The Sharon Shoosmith Affair

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No one emerges with any credit from this sad tale of the way that we all failed Baby Peter.

The Buck Stops Here

Why can’t Ms Shoosmith accept that as Director of Childrens Services for Haringey she MUST take responsibility for her department’s appalling failure to protect the child?  No one is saying that she is personally culpable for his death.  Management is all about achieving results through other people and in this case she manifestly failed.

Ed Balls is one of the seedier and more slippery of Gordon’s cronies.  You can see him looking sideways in everything he does, watching his back, ducking and diving to avoid any come backs, looking for any opportunity to take credit or blame someone else.   Anything that he or his wife, Yvette, are involved in becomes a horrible curdled mess.  It comes from mixing too much oil, slime, and vinegar .  I can sympathise with Ms Shoosmith about having a boss who is so cowardly, two faced and disloyal.

Creeps

It’s time to move on.  Both of these individuals are history.  Somehow, we must find a way to protect vulnerable children effectively.

Written by Peter Reynolds

April 24, 2010 at 11:45 am