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.”
“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.’”