Category Archives: Orwell

Are we all terrorists these days?

It seems not a week goes by without a story about some new legislation to monitor our communications to some degree. I used to think this was a Labour preserve (remember ID cards) – to scrutinise us as much as … Continue reading

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We have a pill for that!

It occurs to me that roughly half the people I know are taking a pill for something these days. Even in my own family, most of them are pretty settled, but many of them are on mood-augmenting drugs of some … Continue reading

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Did we read the small print?

Back in 1973, we joined the EEC. That was the European Economic Community. The point of it was to relax the trade barriers between the members so that we basically had guaranteed trading partners – so we’d all help each … Continue reading

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Perpetual War

Has anyone, other than me, noticed that we seem to have been at war for a pretty long time now? I’m sure we went to war with Iraq in 2003. I remember being unemployed for most of that year and … Continue reading

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Two or more minutes hate

What exactly was the point of Orwell’s Two Minutes’ Hate? It was to channel the citizens’ negative feelings at leading such a horrible, surveilled existence in a controlled manner. No-one’s life would change as a result of it; they would … Continue reading

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They want our attention on the door

Anyone seen Signs? “They’re not trying to get in. They’re just making noises. Why would they do that?” “They want our attention on the door.” I just remembered this scene while reading an article on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. … Continue reading

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If you have nothing to hide…

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. Everyone has heard this argument. I’m going to assume that, if you’re reading this, you have a problem with the statement but are not sure how to do anything … Continue reading

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