today warned Barack Obama to back off as billions of pounds were
wiped off BP shares in the row over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Johnson demanded an end to “anti-British rhetoric, buck-passing
and name-calling” after days of scathing criticism directed
at BP by the President and other US politicians.
Party chairman Lord Tebbit branded Mr Obama’s conduct “despicable”.
And with the dispute threatening to escalate into a diplomatic row,
Mr Johnson also appeared to suggest that David Cameron should step
in to defend BP.
He spoke as
the US onslaught against the firm became a “matter of national
concern” – especially given its importance to British
pensions, which lost much of their value today as BP shares plunged
to a 13-year low.
Asked on BBC
Radio 4’s Today whether he thought the Prime Minister should intervene,
Mr Johnson said: “Well I do think there is something slightly
worrying about the anti-British rhetoric that seems to be permeating
from America. Yes I suppose that’s right.
I would like
to see cool heads and a bit of calm reflection about how to deal
with this problem rather than endlessly buck-passing and name-calling.
you consider the huge exposure of British pension funds to BP and
its share price, and the vital importance of BP, then I do think
it starts to become a matter of national concern if a great UK company
is being continually beaten up on the international airwaves.