Simon Power and Steven Joyce.
Both have been named as possible future leaders. They have portfolios which cross over. They have very different styles of operating.
In the last two and a bit years, I’ve had experience of dealing with both.
And I’m sorry that Simon Power is leaving Parliament, because he’s a much better political operator. If you want legislation that’s robust and effective.
Just speculating, but I wonder whether he’s leaving at least partly because, as a bloke with some principles and integrity, even if I don’t agree with much of his political platform, he can’t stomach the National Party’s political agenda as we go into the election.
As a relatively new MP I try to watch and learn a bit about how to do the craft of politics effectively.
Winning your seat and winning elections are pretty damn important. But so is good policy and good laws.
I’ve dealt with Simon Power directly on two pieces of legislation; the Copyright Amendment Bill and the rewrite of Patent Law. I’ve found him to be a man of intelligence and principle, who’s able to compromise and who listens to industry concerns and reads the political, economic environment while attempting to understand how technology changes have fundamentally influenced human behaviour and our economic environment.
How important innovation and genuine competition is for New Zealand’s future; and how important it is not to stifle it.
And then there’s Steven Joyce. I wont say too much, other than to say; he may be clever, but arrogance and tunnel vision aren’t a good combination.
I wonder whether Simon Power, as a shareholding Minister in Crown Fibre Holdings, was consulted about the impact of the Telco Bill on the regulatory powers of the Commerce Commission.
I wonder whether Simon agrees that the Minister of Communications and IT be given such unfettered powers over the new fibre network.
And I wonder whether Simon has concerns at the strength of the industry response against the impact of this new legislation and Joyce’s broadband policy which will mean higher prices and less choice for consumers on broadband for a decade.
Joyce doesn’t care. He’s impervious. His style is pure paternalism. ” It’s true because I say it is and don’t argue with me because I know best.”
Welcome to the Daddy State.