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Thursday, 17 June 2010

"We're Not Small People"

Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of BP, has had to apologise for his apology in which he referred, twice, to "the small people".
“What I was trying to say, that BP understands how deeply this affects the lives of people who live along the Gulf and depend on it for their livelihood, will best be conveyed not by any words but by the work we do to put things right for the families and businesses who’ve been hurt.”  
However, some of those most affected by the spill don't seem too impressed:
We’re not small people. We’re human beings,” Justin Taffinder of New Orleans said. “They’re no greater than us. We don’t bow down to them.”
and
“They can call me small, miniature, they can call me anything they want,” added Tony Kennon, the mayor of Orange Beach, Alabama. “Just write the cheque and send it to us.”
The chap's Swedish; English is his second language.  Yes, it would have been better if he'd had someone check his words for him but, give him a break and let BP get on with the job instead of the constant harping.

Here's a video doing the rounds - 10/10 for those English accents, 0/10 for objectivity:

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