Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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