BP And The Brits

Some are getting touchy over the demonization of the multinational with "British" in its name, and when you hear someone like Anthony Weiner mouthing off, you can understand why. My column for the Times last Sunday tried to address these concerns, but the right is getting antsy:

In a clear snub to the President, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson claimed this morning that BP was a victim of “anti-British rhetoric,” which he described as “permeating from America.” Mayor Johnson told the BBC’s flagship Today programme, “When you consider the huge exposure of British pension funds to BP it starts to become a matter of national concern if a great British company is being continually beaten up on the airwaves.” The Mayoral view was echoed by former Conservative Party trade minister Lord Tebbit, who uses an interview in this morning’s influential Daily Mail newspaper to accuse Obama of “despicable” anti-British language. Tebbit accused President Obama on his blog of, “a crude, bigoted, xenophobic display of partisan political Presidential petulance.”

Alliteration is not dead. I think they're being way too sensitive.