He's one of my mentors. I've never met the man, mind you, but he's a mentor nonetheless.
I find it interesting that you use a past conservative to discredit some of today's flavor of conservatives - and you're a guy who espouses existing democratic-socialist principles and policies in your own country, and call yourself a conservative.
No wonder people are so confused about titles, names, and descriptions that are being thrown around.
P.S. The Internet is a dangerous thing, in that it gives people like you a false sense of enlightenment; it makes you think you know what you're talking about, when, in fact, in many cases, you're completely clueless.
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