A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of over 12,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010). I started this blog because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (media and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well.
John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his late 40s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 different countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has a MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII).
Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities.RIDER: This site is not connected to 1) “New Zealand Conservative,” a Catholic opinion site (Lucia Maria and others); or 2) “The Conservative” (Terry Wallbank); or 3) the NZ Conservative Party (led by Colin Craig); although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by all three, and other sites I follow, as published in my blogroll (such as Kiwiblog). I am an independent thinker and blogger. I have been a member of the National Party for 25 years, worked for them professionally, and was a Nat. parliamentary candidate in 1999, but did not resubscribe in 2012. I have served on the Board of iCitz (Independent Citizens) in Christchurch since early 2012 and am running for office under the iCitz Team banner in 2013 following a by-election campaign in mid-2012. Update: On Sunday 22 September 2013 I was appointed to the NZ Conservative Party board at their second annual conference [Laurie and I had earlier joined the party, well after starting coNZervative]. A year later during the 20 Sept. 2014 election I stood for NZCP in Ilam against Gerry Brownlee and was #13 on the CP List. But this blogsite is my own opinion, not an organ of, or for, the NZCParty.