Tony Hayward, ex-boss of BP, still doesn’t get it.
He told the BBC he might “have done better” after the Gulf oil spill if he’d had a degree in acting “rather than a degree in geology.” So he is suggesting that he would have done better to pretend, fabricate, or even lie his way out of the crisis. How insulting must that feel for his fellow-workers at BP? How dangerous would that have been, confronted by environmentalists and the might of the White House?
In any case how much acting would it have needed for Mr Hayward to have expressed his continuing belief in his company and in his staff who were working and endangering their lives 24/7 to seal the leak? If he needed acting lessons to convey that, perhaps we can begin to understand why he performed so lamely and damagingly.
We must just hope that no other CEO has taken notice of what Mr Hayward is saying. If they believe that they can act their way out of a crisis, they can expect to get booed off the stage – and out of a job.