17 Aug 2017

'Profiles in Courage' in New Zealand's history

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:32 pm on 17 August 2017

In 1955 John F Kennedy published his history book 'Profiles in Courage'.  The book described the eight US senators who took a stand on principle despite the danger to their careers. Kennedy argued that at critical moments, politicians must follow their own conscience rather than bow to pressure from their party or the public. 

Historian Grant Morris believes the withdrawal of Kennedy Graham and David Clendon from the Green Party list over the Metiria Turei saga is a recent example of JFK's thesis. He says Turei herself could possibly be considered an example.

But what about others from our history?  If we were writing a NZ version of 'Profiles in Courage' who might be included?  

John A. Lee lost his left forearm in the First World War

John A. Lee lost his left forearm in the First World War Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library