Experts believe that the reputation of the most politically embarrassing figure to come out of the UK in years, former BP Chief Tony Hayward, has almost entirely disintegrated. Many believe that people will have completely forgotten about him within the month.
“The reputation of Tony Hayward throughout the US is being broken down in much the same way that a colossal amount of oil would dissipate into the sea,” said an expert.
Mr Hayward came to prominence at the start of April when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank in the Gulf of Mexico. Initially his reputation suffered a severe blow; partly due to his presiding over the largest environmental disaster in US history, and partly due to the perceived nonchalance of his response in a country where overblown melodrama would have been more appropriate.
However, when the public’s attention started to move towards President Obama’s handling of the crisis, urgent action was required to avoid a full blown PR catastrophe, especially with the mid-terms approaching.
First, a carefully orchestrated media witch-hunt began. This appeared to lay the blame not only with Tony Hayward, but with UK as a whole due to the fact that the ‘B’ in BP used to stand for ‘British’. This anti-British sentiment continued despite the fact that BP is in fact 40% American owned.
A senate hearing soon followed but Hayward continued, and was even spotted out yachting with his family. More drastic measures were therefore needed so the next experimental step was Obama coming down himself and threatening to ‘kick some ass’ [sic].
After no one’s arse was officially kicked, Hayward was eventually replaced in embarrassing fashion by an American, Bob Dudley, which many agree finally ended the disastrous saga.
“With the replacement new Chief, we expect that Mr Hayward’s reputation will soon be at it’s lowest, and in a few weeks no one will know or care about him at all,” said a white house spokesman.
“Tony who?” said another.
It looks like he may have finally got his life back.