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About coNZervative

A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism 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 40s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. 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 an 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 nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.

28. Colin’s Covert Secret Ballot. Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe (07 July 2015)

“HOUSTON! WE HAVE A PROBLEM. Colin Craig is using the confidential Party membership database again, this time to directly lobby for his return.” A Party member sent me this last week.  It arrived in thousands of party members’ letterboxes Saturday (4/7) … Continue reading

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27. CTV. The Board Issues. Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe (06 July 2015)

Chris Lynch of CTV and I canvas some of the core issues of this political catastrophe Monday night 6 July. 26. Colin’s Bizarro Quote TV3. Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe (06 July 2015) 25. More Craig Media Lies. … Continue reading

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26. Colin’s Bizarro Quote TV3. Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe (06 July 2015)

The pressure is showing and Colin Craig has made some very strange statements reported by TV3 this afternoon. 1) One that I (john) am no longer a member of the party. ???? I have never left or been suspended from the Party. … Continue reading

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25. More Craig Media Lies. Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe (06 July 2015)

I’ve said on this blog that Colin Craig lies, because he does. I’ve showcased several public examples of this. https://youtu.be/eh4NJsc4z3A Here’s another.  20 June on Newstalk ZB.  Colin Craig says publicly on air that he’s going to take “legal action” against me … Continue reading

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24. Colin’s Notorious “Dishonesty” Interview with Paul Henry. Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe (06 July 2015)

There are so many lies in this public interview I was aghast, it’s just peppered with them. This interview so outraged me and other Board members, it’s what caused me to speak out after Laurence Day, Christine Rankin and Brian … Continue reading

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23. Colin Craig Confesses. Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe (06 July 2015)

Colin has confessed. In yet another letter to all members, illegally using the private membership lists of the Party database as a private citizen (and already suspended member of the Party) he and Helen Craig have sent out a plea for forgiveness. This comes after … Continue reading

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22. A Fair TV3 Interview. Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe (05 July 2015)

This is the fuller TV3 news interview of today’s 6pm bulletin (Sunday 5 Jul 2015 5:28 p.m.) re some of the issues surrounding the Conservative Party catastrophe; my stepping down as Chair last Thursday (2/7) to ease tensions, dignify the Board, retain its neutrality; and … Continue reading

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21. Audit of the Craig Campaign. Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe (05 July 2015)

In September last year I tabled a report to the Conservative Party Board on why I felt we had failed to meet the 5% MMP threshold.  As one of the few political operatives on the Board (almost 30 years in politics, … Continue reading

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20. Stringer Resigns. Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe (05 July 2015)

I was rung this morning (Sunday 5 July) by RadioLive who asked me about my “resignation press release.”  I asked “what press release?”  They said, “Oh, that’s strange“.  I hadn’t made any press release. Turns out Party Secretary Nathaniel Heslop had … Continue reading

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19. Colin’s Phantom Polling. Behind the Scenes of the Colin Craig Catastrophe (05 July 2015)

Cameron Slater has made much of Colin Craig’s phantom “dodgy polls” as he’s called them, not only in this campaign, but in others. Dodgy Polling from the Conservatives – Whale Oil Beef Hooked … More Dodgy Polling from the Conservatives – Whale … Continue reading

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