Does anyone else notice Rimmer's political views veering around as the series' progress? In early series he's portrayed as basically a Fascist. In Better Than Life he adores Napoleon as his "all-time favourite Fascist dictator" and in Timeslides he subscribes to Fascist Dictator Monthly. But in Meltdown we're supposed to forget that Rimmer loves Napoleon and Fascists because Rimmer fights against them. But he complains about the good droids being "lefty liberals". Why doesn't he join the Fascists then, since he's a Fascist. In Fathers and Suns, Rimmer's worried that the phrase "Chinese Whispers" is racist. Suddenly he's a hyper-vigilant "lefty liberal" himself. I get the feeling I've heard Rimmer say racist things before, like maybe about the Welsh or Gypsies or something, but I can't be sure. I suppose one could admire authoritarianism without being a racist. In fact, non-Nazi Fascism (ie Italian, Spanish) wasn't necessarily racist like Nazism was. But it still struck me at the time that Rimmer was the wrong character to be worried about a potentially racist phrase (and there aren't any humans left anyway, so it doesn't matter, but I suppose you could pick on these things out of boredom). Putting it all together, I'm not sure Rimmer's politics are necessarily inconsistent. His politics possibly just don't quite fit into our neat little boxes. He's a Fascist, but chastises people for saying "Chinese Whispers". But policing language is authoritarian. So he's kind of like a Fascist anti-racist. It just seems to me that Rimmer's political characterisation has been very messy over the years. Or alternatively, he has changed his mind as he's gotten older. Thoughts?