OPINION: Oil and gas executives are used to seeing their faces among the business pages of the UK’s broadsheet newspapers.

But it is rarer for them to come under scrutiny, let alone personal attack, in the country's notoriously merciless tabloids.

When they do, it is usually a big story: Take the scorn and derision meted out to former BP chief executive Tony Hayward following the Deepwater Horizon disaster a decade ago.