Orwell’s Legacy

December 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

The estimable Mr Blair – Eric of course – features regularly on these pages. He has the dubious distinction of being ‘claimed’ by both ends of the political spectrum. This year’s Orwell Memorial Lecture was given by Ferdinand Mount (man of letters and cousin to one D Cameron). He calimed that Orwell would agree with the current government in opposing: “ID cards, inspectors inspecting every aspect of your work, targets and five-year plans, central control of local councils, uniformity and so on…”

 OK. Fine. Let’s now list a few other things Orwell would have opposed:

  • raising tuition fees
  • cutting the mobility allowance for disabled people
  • selling off big chunks of our forests
  • reducing the HRMC workforce by 20,000 while cutting cosy tax avoidance deals with big business
  • giving free rein to every rapacious company that wants to charge us for healthcare or education.

And as for the banks….

I’ve already claimed Posthumous Green status for GO on these pages. Let me now reclaim his legacy; Orwell’s shade is with the students in Parliament Square, (even though it’s illegal to demonstrate there) and not with the Mounted police galloping in among them!


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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