I suspect it’s rare in politics. It shouldn’t be. But I want to thank Simon Power for upholding the integrity of the political process and keeping to his word.
No doubt we’ll disagree fiercely on other issues in the future.
The nuts and bolts was about Power sticking to his statements around supporting the Commerce Select Committee recommendation to exclude software from being patentable.
The context was a review of the Patents Act 1953.
The bigger picture issue is about the future of New Zealand’s local software industry and encouraging innovation.
Here’s what Simon Power said yesterday
Here’s what Labour said
Here’s what the local industry representatives said
And a bit more here
It’s important. For lots of reasons that are too technical to write here. But also because we need strong, sustainable industries in New Zealand. We need to nurture those industries. Software is an important NZ industry.
Even if you don’t fully understand the issue, I hope you understand that political parties can work together and respect each other’s views. In our national interest.
Pity it couldn’t happen more.
PS: Maybe Steven Joyce might read this and have a bit of a think