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Peter Reynolds

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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.

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A True Messiah

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Seems to me that you can either be cynical and disbelieving about Barack Obama or you have to buy him completely.

His power is in his integrity and it shines through every word that he speaks.  Again, it is easy to say that they are just words but you, I and every human being knows in their soul when words have value.

Thank You

Thank You

The man is awe inspiring.  In simple, direct statements he cuts through the murk and mud which mankind creates for itself.  He is the man for our time, delivered to us apparently as an exact solution for our problems, he reveals the wisdom which all of us understand.  He delivers huge confidence, trust and belief.

There will be others desperate to catch him out, to discover some inconsistency or failing.  I doubt that they will succeed.

We are in the presence of greatness and we should value our good fortune.

Written by Peter Reynolds

June 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm