The 4.9 million barrels of crude oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010 was an almost unprecedneted environmental disaster. Caused by the relentless pursuit of profit by the oil companies and the usual corner cutting to minimise costs. The Tories were caught between trying to maneuver between Obama's criticisms and their natural affinity for a British oil giant being pillored in the world media. After the initial furore, George 'slick' Osbourne has returned to being a unregenerate capitalist by offering BP and other in the oil and gas industries £billions worth of tax cuts.

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