Random Impertinent Questions for Simon Power

Why is he giving up the SOE minister’s role because it might create a perceived conflict of interest later on but not the Commerce Minister’s role?

Surely if there is a potential conflict with being the SOE Minister there is a similar conflict potentially remaining the Commerce Minister?

Surely he isn’t going to take a board position on an SOE while he is still an MP?

Isn’t it a bit rich taking a board position with an SOE when he has drawn a line through anyone remotely connected with the National Party for similar board appointments and preferred Labour aligned appointees instead?

Why does he look after our enemy’s friends instead of our own friends?

Why did he decided to push the S92a copyright amendments through under urgency?

Was he upset that he didn’t have enough media coverage after bashing up legal aid lawyers earlier in the day?

Is he about to do “a Maharey”? …just 4 more weeks and he can shuffle off quietly without needing a by-election.


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  • abjv

    He IS labour-aligned so it would be true to form.

    Do any of the SOE’s have director rotations coming up? In the energy sector, maybe. Or Kordia, being the Govt owned ICP. I also note the Chch Reconstruction Govt Department is presently advertising for a ChristchurchenFuhrer – surely he isn’t applying for that one?

  • peterwn

    In firness to Simon, as soon as his proposed retirement from politics became known, he would start receiving approaches about his after-life. In any case he has probably figured a career path and has already identified an option. He is too young to be a full time company director so would not be desperate for any SOE board positions at present. I suspect john Key would veto any prospective ‘public’ appointment involving Simon for a year or two in the interests of transparency. His appointment to Government boards at some time in the future seems inevitable.

  • dion

    > just 4 more weeks and he can shuf­fle off qui­etly with­out need­ing a by-election.

    The sooner he “shuffles off” the better.