To Flash or not to Flash?


from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Tirade? Surely not. A sigh from the grave perhaps.

 At first I thought that the children behind The Daily Mail computers either do not know what a ‘tirade’ means, or are so seeped in the political correctness and intellectual cowardice that they have to dismiss the obvious truth with derision. The author of the article “Flashman author’s tirade from beyond the grave at ‘fascist’ political correctness” is not a child; since 2005 he wrote 627 articles of average length of 734 words, and his photograph, quite possibly a few years old, shows a mature age white man. So a juvenile naivete can not be an excuse.

 “George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels, branded political correctness an ‘insidious’ and ‘dishonest’ evil as big a threat to free speech as communism and fascism.”


royal.flash “MacDonald Fraser, who died in 2008 aged 82, wrote: ‘My chief concern is the kind of prejudice rooted in the fear of being thought illiberal. Such attitudes are dangerous and intellectually dishonest. ‘But then, political correctness is by definition dishonest and is, I believe, the most insidious doctrine to plague the Western world since those abominable soul mates communism and fascism with which it has more in common than its dupes seem to realise.‘It cannot face truth; it rejects what is, simply because what is does not suit what the politically correct thinking ought to be.’

 The comments are likely to delight fans of his books who love the character’s bad behaviour.”

 The comments delighted me, thought I have not read any “Flashman (Sir Harry Paget Flashman)” books.

 “Flashman’s womanising, heavy drinking, casual racism, bullying and outrageous cowardice make him one of the most un-PC characters in the whole of English literature.”

 Is Flashman a journalist? A politician?

 “MacDonald Fraser, who wrote several Hollywood film scripts, also recalls how he was forced to remove a scene based on real events where unscrupulous white whisky traders peddled alcohol to Plains Indians for fears scenes of drunken ‘Native Americans’ would upset their descendants. He writes: ‘They wouldn’t like  to think that it happened, so it mustn’t be shown happening, even though it did. God help history.’”


 “His family discovered the manuscript, called The Bug Of Senachie, six weeks ago while sorting out his collection of papers. A Senachie is a teller of tales from the Scottish Highlands. The manuscript is not dated  but the author’s reference in it to having written 11 Flashman books means it was written between 1999 and 2005.

 … His daughter Caro Fraser, who found the manuscript, said: ‘It hasn’t been published anywhere and I think he wrote it with an eye on posterity.’”


It is unlikely that it will be published any time soon. Perhaps I ought to try some of the older ones: Flashman Papers or the 1975 movie Royal Flash



About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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8 Responses to To Flash or not to Flash?

  1. Simple says:

    So Fraser was afraid to have this published – what chances do the little people have?

  2. Manuel Barcelona says:

    Let’s face it. Today everything normal is politically incorrect.

  3. Jordan says:

    As a Safe Out Here you should read the three McAuslan books, semi fictionalized accounts of Fraser’s commissioned service in the Gordon Highlanders postwar.The last story in the final book is an account of him meeting his old Colonel years later and being chewed out for calling the stories fictional.Of course I wouldn’t put it past you to have read them… but discovering you have not read the Flashman books before now is a shock.Incidentally, Fraser wrote the screenplay for The Three Musketeers and its sequel The Four Musketeers – together the best adaptation of the story yet filmed, with Heston playing Richelieu (and also starring Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Raquel Welch, Faye Dunaway, Christopher Lee, and Spike Milligan). Worth watching if you haven’t seen them yet.

  4. Kamille Dawn says:

    It’s appropriate time to make fun and not to worry over corrupt politics.

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  7. Cynthia R says:

    High time to stop kowtowing to the Left manufactured political correctness!

  8. Aumeyang says:

    His writing is very refreshing, in particular after clit-lit.

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