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It's not irrelevant. DLC argued that the company was likely to change it's name. I made the point that BP's commitment to the small people was second to none precisely because the company's reputation had a bearing on his prediction.

Well, I think that it would be valid to point out that Union Carbide and Exxon both retained their identity after their horrific debacles. However, it would be equally valid to point out that other companies have in fact changed their names after disastrous events ... so that's probably a toss-up in terms of a convincing harbinger of what may or may not happen with BP moving forward in this instance ...

Using UC and Exxon as a baseline for disaster response is pretty weak, though. Saying that BP's response is "second to none" simply because it sucks less than Union Carbide's or Exxon's isn't really saying a whole lot ...

Using Svanberg's "small people" phrasing is cute, though. More chum makes for tasty chum ;-)