Anti-British Cough Cough

Newspapers in Great Britain are, increasingly, suggesting President Cough Cough is anti-British.

Apparently, one of his uncles, or great uncles or some such was tortured by the British in the Mau Mau uprising somewhere in the dim and distant past.

This uprising took place from the early 50’s to about 1960 in Kenya….which, for the geographically challenged is somewhere in Africa.

I have no idea, nor any interest, in whether President Cough Cough’s uncle / great uncle / second great cousin twice removed was or wasn’t tortured during said Mau Mau uprising – personally I reckon anybody calling themselves Mau Mau probably deserved what they got….Mau Mau???

Still…sometimes repetitive names work. Piri Piri sauce springs immediately to mind.

Anyroad.

With the greatest respect Mr President Cough Cough. Whilst the Brits fully realise that BP…aka BRITISH Petroleum… have made a major cock up and are, indeed, responsible for polluting the ocean and many miles of America’s coastline, we would appreciate you acknowledging that, whilst we, the Brits, may well have tortured your uncle / second cousin twice removed and polluted your bit of ocean, we have also supported the good old USA unwaveringly and sent ‘our boys’ in with yours on many many occasions.

All too frequently ‘our boys’ have come home in body bags due to American ‘friendly fire’.

By all means slag off BP to your hearts content – I’m right up there with you there – but chill mate.

Your rhetoric is becoming increasingly anti-British. Bad move.

The vast majority of the British people love America but, if your rhetoric continues to slag off Britain – as opposed to specifically BP – we might just withdraw our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now. If we do that, who the hell can your chaps kill with friendly fire?

BP are a bunch of arseholes by any standards.

Do me a favour Cough Cough. Don’t go areshole on us as well eh?

We, the British people, aren’t to blame.

Any more, for want of a better word, crap from you and we might just start getting pissed off.

I realise you are feeling helpless and are getting battered from all sides for your apparent inability to solve the problem. It is very unfair but, stop slagging GB old bean.

You might find that this little old country across the water starts to say “Well…F*ck you then!”

BP screwed up. We didn’t.

Get a better script writer mate. Sorted.

Oh yeah…and by the way…Paul ‘Sir’ McCartney doesn’t speak for the Brits….

It might be worth remembering that sort of thing.

We aren’t impressed with you right now.

All this “My uncle (or whatever) was tortured by the Brits” is going down like a lead balloon.

Firstly, we don’t give a crap and secondly, most of us weren’t even born or older than 5 then anyway.

A little island we might be…but don’t for one iota think we won’t tell you where to get off mate.

Somebody advise your guy a bit better will you?

As Tanita Tikaram said…”There’s a fine line between love and hate”

No pics…no vid…just a serious comment based on A) National newspapers and B) Current opinion over here.

Laters and let’s be careful out there….

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8 Responses to Anti-British Cough Cough

  1. Jess

    June 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I haven’t heard him say anything about the British people at all. Where are they getting this, pulling it from their asses? He has been dogging BP, and its management as he should, because of the criminal negligence and damage that is being done and the deaths of not only humans but the ecosystem. That CEO of BP is lying through his teeth about what is happening in the gulf, and has been since the very first day of this. BP has now hired Blackwater oh scuse me, Xe, and Darth Cheney’s old spokesliar to keep any media/info from getting out of the area. That tells me more than I want to know, about what sort of person that one particular British person is, not all of them. I’m just guessing that this was maybe a Murdoch paper handing out this bullshit and passing it off as news maybe. We all know what that old bastard thinks of President Obama.

  2. Tim Waters

    June 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I’m sorry your under the weather, hope you feel better soon.
    Honestly my friend, not a soul here blames Briton. Were just going after BP and start drilling them for the drilling of us.
    We will put them in receivership. They woke up a giant. I am in touch with a lot of people and not one blames the limeys. Because President cough cough is getting tough with his rhetoric, just means he might get a second term. We want him to grow a set. So chill dude, your not scheduled to be invaded until 2016.

  3. MadMike

    June 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Our president’s name is Barack Obama. Do not disrespect him again. Your prejudice is not my prejudice. Even those who do not agree with his policies do not speak of him with such disrespect and I’ll be damned if I will let you do it.

  4. Mother Hen

    June 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I haven’t noticed any anti-brit sentiment over here. In fact, most people refer to the company as “BP”, and I’m not entirely sure they know that half of them even know what the “”B” stands for “British” and not “Bastard” as it should.

    About the only time the actual nationality of the company makes itself noticed in my own head is when I hear a company rep speak. When the oil barons here talk like a bunch or cracker Texans, one cultured accent tends to stand out.

  5. Holte Ender

    June 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Mr. Dinners – First of all, that Cough Cough needs to be taken care of, if you can’t bring yourself to say Barack, then try the President of United States and second of all there is no more anti British sentiment than there was before the BP well turned nasty. The British tabloids are full of crap and lets put a capital C on that, you know that and the whole world knows it. Be nice Mr. Dinners, people here are pretty polite to you and being polite isn’t a sign of weakness.

  6. TVR

    June 4, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I haven’t heard a word from anyone – including the press – suggesting “anti-British” attitudes as a result of the BP spill.

    This article is filled with self-pity, and the author allows himself to indulge in childish anti-AMERICAN insults under the false assumption that he is somehow countering anger at Britain.

    This anger doesn’t exist.

    What does exist is enormous frustration towards BP and the Obama administration and grief and uncertainity regarding this disaster.

    Stop thinking about yourself. This is a serious issue for Americans.

  7. moon shadow

    June 13, 2010 at 2:56 am

    First of all, to Americans and Brits, BP does not, I repeat DOES NOT stand for British petroleum and hasn’t for twelve years.

    BP changed it’s name to Beyond petroleum because it is a multi-national party. 39% is owned by Americans.

    Most of this blog is, to be blunt, knee-jerking-defensive nonsense. If you look at our newspapers (initially even our right wing tabloids) it is clear that America has recieved a lot of sympathy over the spill. So please Americans stop making out we are cruel or heartless.

    Second point, why are the Brits angry?

    1- The accident happened on an American rig, owned by an American company in American waters and so going by American laws. Plus, out of 126 workers, 8 were under BP.

    2- Other American companies such as Amico, Transocean and Halliburton(I think I spelt that correctly) have not been mentioned…at all…

    3- Repeatedly calling BP British is going to cause controvesy. People are appalled by what has happened, but as the name is out-dated, it seems calling it ‘British’ is a way of making it conviniently foreign. The British (despite claims by some Americans that you ‘love’ us) are often portrayed in American media as cruel, arrogant racist and villainous (which, of course, is true in some cases, but not the nation.) Therefore, the British (especially the English) are already automatically defensive around American issues.

    4- By getting the name wrong, and implying ‘British’ it seems to ot take the situation seriously. The president didn’t even get the name of the company correct. So either he did it on purpose, or it was an honest mistake- in any case, it puts emphasis on nationality.

    5- There is anti-British sentiment. For all those saying there isn’t just look at some of the stuff people are saying about the British online!!

    main source-http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/oil-spill-disaster-the-guilty-parties-1999192.html

    • Mother Hen

      June 13, 2010 at 9:51 am

      Thank you for stopping by moon shadow. Obviously you must read some of this “blog” to know that yes, there are indeed a lot of from the gut, knee-jerk emotional reactions to the Gulf Spill from the contributors, myself included.

      I am grateful for the link you provided, which is well researched, reasonably written, and evenhanded. It has a wealth of information contained in it. I encourage all of MMA to read it. The article makes some excellent points:

      “An enterprise was undertaken for which, if it went wrong, there was no immediate remedy. This is a failure of BP’s planning and a failure of regulation.

      “It is the job of government – and any company that wishes to parade itself as responsible – to ensure that such demand (for oil) does not override protection against social and environmental damage, and the means to halt damage when inevitable accidents occur.”

      US regulatory agencies need to be accountable for their part: “By changing its terms of reference so that environmental concerns are not some afterthought but the very primary consideration when a new drilling operation is proposed.

      “Deep-sea drilling needs to be reassessed, and some measure of responsibility needs to be accepted by anyone who gets in a vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine and turns the ignition. This is not just wicked BP, or nasty Americans trying to do down our pension divvies. It is far, far bigger than that.

      Yes, the Materials Management Service had no business giving them permits to drill; but BP had no business asking for them, knowing full well it hadn’t done its homework. The risk is too great, as we all have now seen.

      Our President, being overwhelmed at the (extreme) problems of our company, is doing the best he can to assuage fears and make sure he knows “whose ass to kick”. Although he must know that BP no longer stands for “British”, I seriously doubt he intends any insult to Great Britain if he mistakenly referred to bp by its former name.

      As the article indicated, bp may have re-branded itself and changed its logo and its mission statement, but what it didn’t change was the way it went about its business. Which essentially makes it the same old British Petroleum it always was, but with more money spent on advertising.

      “And now the spin has duly been exposed.” Indeed. A turd by any other name still smells like shit, and if you’ve ever wandered onto a drilling site you’ll notice a distinctly rank similarity on odor.

      Oil companies, whether multinational or national, are too big for their britches, greedy for the power and money we give them, screwing us over for profits at every opportunity. At every stage in the process there was egregious negligence, almost entirely by BP (the MMS also.) Americans are outraged.

      If the courts move as slowly as they have in the past (as with the Exxon spill for instance), the families hurt by the spill may not see compensation for another 20 years. The environment will never recover its former beauty. Ecosystems have, and will be permanently damaged. If you got a chance to read the posts by Kit and Krell, in a worse case scenario, we all may be doomed.

      Even if the colossally deep pockets of BP paid every cent of damages and penalties they deserve, what really matters most to everyone here is stopping the spill.