Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, has a pop back at Boris, for daring to say we should stop the blame game. (report here) Unable to fault the truth of Boris’s statement, Landrieu stooped to misrepresention of our Mayor’s meaning so that he childishly could play one upmanship.
Boris is quite right. President Obama’s snarky comments were out of order, and bringing down BP will do nobody any good, but Mayor Landrieu twisted our Mayor’s words to imply that all Boris cared about was the financial aspect, saying he was only worried about investment portfolios.
The Yanks, said Mayor Landrieu grandly, through the Gulf Coast officials, are trying to protect a way of life.
“Quite frankly, I would suggest that London Mayor Boris Johnson park his anger at the waters’ edge and redirect it towards BP,” Landrieu said. “This is not America vs. Great Britain. It’s people, families and their livelihoods versus a negligent corporation that is responsible for the loss of 11 lives and an oil spill that threatens our coast, our environment, and our economy.
“In fact, our entire way of life is at risk. So we are going to hold BP accountable for the damage done,” he said. “While Mayor Johnson is concerned about their pension funds, we’re concerned about the lives and livelihoods of our people.”
So this is not American V. Great Britain? Tell that to your President, Mayor Landrieu. For an accurate report of what Boris did say, read it here. And by the way! Britain stood by you when most of Europe ducked out. We also suffered the horrible knock-on effects of US subprime mortgages, with barely a whimper. The Mayor of London is absolutely entitled to speak the truth when this country is getting it in the neck from your President, so my advice is, think about the truth of what he is saying, instead of twisting his meaning and just suck it up.