I have tried to be neutral about the BP disaster on the Maconda well, but the sight this evening on CNN of an American standing on a Union Jack in protest against the oil spill raised my hackles - to say the least. At the risk of being just as bad as whoever that individual was, I would be keen for President Obama to explain why he holds British Petroleum responsible when he passed a ruling that only US citizens could work offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama - is BP British when everyone working for BP in the GOM must be American? I have been fairly neutral about Pres Obama until this episode, but I find his anti-British rhetoric pretty bloody distasteful. It just smacks of sound-bites for the domestic market which will negatively affect huge numbers of pension funds in the UK every time he opens his mouth. I have stashed away my tinfoil hat and my book about British torture in the Mau Mau uprising, but for Gawd's sake Obama makes my pubes straighten in upright (British) indignation. To all our septic friends - my commiserations. What a shallow man.