Felix Salmon

English masters of the dead bat

By Felix Salmon
June 17, 2010

John Gapper isn’t letting the World Cup get to him: he knows that when it comes to Tony Hayward’s Congressional testimony today, the sports metaphor of choice has to come from cricket rather than football. “Tony Hayward plays a dead bat to Congress” is his headline, and he’s right: Hayward isn’t interested in winning anything, here, he’s just interested in letting the hearing time out by being infuriatingly passive and unhelpful. He’s simply letting the attacks come, refusing to show any spark of humanity or willingness to engage.


Here, then, are two masters of the dead bat. One of them epitomizes England across the Caribbean and the world; the other one is Geoffrey Boycott. I wonder whether Hayward was a cricket fan as a lad.

(Photo by Larry Downing for Reuters)

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ah, tis a happy day to see Boyks on your blog, Salmon.

Posted by ottorock | Report as abusive

He may know how to look out for himself in an emergency, but it’s not cricket.

Hayward’s more of an oily cross between Tony Blair and Jonah The Sailor http://img123.imageshack.us/img123/2066/ petergray100dv4.jpg

Posted by HBC | Report as abusive

The hearing yesterday was just a show trial for the media and re-election purposes. A proper investigation would wait until all the facts are available such as why the blow-out preventer failed.

Posted by CharlesC | Report as abusive

We already know why the BOP failed. Sorry, but your pro-BP nonsense won’t work with everyone.

There is no and will be no “investigation” – that’s simply gratuitous pablum. Why wait for something that will never be generated?

Posted by Unsympathetic | Report as abusive

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