James Forsyth

Another BP PR blunder

Another BP PR blunder
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The Energy Secretary’s actions will rather obscure the latest developments in the BP story, but they are well worth noting. First, Tony Hayward has made yet another PR blunder with his decision to attend a yachting event off the Isle of Wight. In a way it might not matter what Hayward is up to—he’s not going to plug the spill himself—but, as the White House Chief of Staff has been quick to point out, it is hardly a smart PR move. This mistakes following hot on him being moved away from day to day management of the spill, does suggest that Hayward might not be in this particular job for that much longer. Second, and more importantly, it is facing claims from one of its partners in the well, Anadarko Petroleum, that the spill is the “direct result of BP's reckless decisions and actions".

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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