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Let’s be clear. This editorial is not printed with permission from BP.
Same goes for the story upon which it’s based - the small matter of a leaked internal email that exposes exactly the sort of tactic that the company would hotly and angrily deny is policy, but surely does appear to be practice. Sales were down in
taki, where prices had been more expensive than nearby Levin. Solution: raise prices throughout the area and hope that at the company’s rivals do the same. Everybody wins, except the motorists.
The problem with such a story, as far as BP was concerned, was that it was based on a commercially sensitive internal document, and Stuff did not have permission to use it in any form.
The nature and character of this sensitivity has more to do with guilty secrets than anything else.
It is possible this was a rogue memo from a staffer who was quickly and sternly corrected.
BP now has an invitation to the Beehive for a discussion with Energy Minister Megan Woods. For her part she needs to consider whether the Commerce Commission is sufficiently empowered and equipped to at last get incisive on this issue.