Flashman – the liberal conservative

I wrote in the Daily Mail today about how Harry Flashman, the fictional Victorian rogue popularised by George Macdonald Fraser, might not be such a bad role model for David Cameron after all. Labour MPs have become fond of drawing the comparison. They may be onto something – raw politics is all about characterisation – but I wonder if the whole thing might backfire.

The Scottish Daily Mail doesn’t have a web site I can point you to, though there’s a version of the article here, and I wrote something for the Free Society on the same theme. In essence,  if you consider that the classic British traits combine conservative tastes but a liberal frame of mind, you can argue that Cameron – like Flashman – hits the nail on the head. Beware, Milliband, you’re a bit too much like Scud East!

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