Brits criticize US hostility toward BP

The World

For weeks since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began, BP has been pilloried by the American public, press, and government alike. But across the Atlantic, a different sort of fury is brewing. British politicians and investors are bristling at what they see as U.S. attacks on BP, formerly called British Petroleum. With many British pension funds heavily dependent on BP’s success in the stock market, some British politicians like Boris Johnson, the Conservative mayor of London, are saying criticism of BP amounts to “anti-British rhetoric.” Does the world’s third largest oil company need special protection? The BBC’s Lucy Hooker has the latest from London.

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