London - Special relationship humbug plunged new depths today as gangster first cousins Barack Obama and David Cameron spun out more 'shoulder to shoulder' crap.
A Daily Smearer rant published this morning hailed their 'deep emotional connection between the nations'.
"Fork-tongued double speak for 'this broad is married to an American national!' guys," a Big Oil Times editorial countered smartly.
"That 'natural partnership...advances our common interests and shared values' bla-bla?
"A coded message for 'we'd be utterly screwed without this couple's annual tax revenue billions'.
"Everyone in Big Oil knows who they are!"
The presidential state visit hopes to drum up support for the Obama Administration's proposed oil and gas tax hikes under the US-UK double tax treaty.
The nuts and bolts of the taxation grab have received short shrift in the Senate where Republicans have dubbed it 'unconstitutional and delusional greed by bankrupt ideologues'.
A parallel tax hike in the UK by British Chancellor George Osborne is attempting to seize an extra $10 billion in North Sea revenues.
Industry insiders have described this as a psychotic knee-jerk reaction which will see oil companies close down rigs and wells rather than succumb to a punitive regime.
As we go to press today reports abound that 'Mr and Mrs Big Oil' are threatening to publish 40 years' worth of their tax returns.
"Makes the IMF look like a kiddies' piggy bank!" Big Oil Times added.
Petroecuador shares meanwhile have plummeted amid news of a mass sequestration of their assets by US Supreme Court judgements in the Lago Agrio case.