George Orwell

Western Identity Politics Drives The Outrage Bus Off A Cliff

Paul Blanchard | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

I absolutely agree that we should celebrate the rising voices and confidence of the people in our society who have been marginalised, sometimes victimised and often ignored. But it is true that a large cross-section of people on the left - of every race, religion and social class - have become increasingly narrow-minded and shrill.

Review: 1984, Playhouse Theatre 'Orwell on Speed'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Depressing times. And a depressing novel. But there is no way this is a depressing show as Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan collaborated to create an electric production that hurtles through its 101 minute running time. This is Orwell on speed.

The Future of Privacy: Who Protects the Public From Themselves?

Mark Hillary | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

he extent of NSA monitoring revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden showed that democratic and supposedly "free" governments do already attempt to monitor us. The scale of monitoring required is vast, but the technology is catching up. There are two technological changes that are taking place at present that I believe will fundamentally change our approach to privacy...

Why We Should Feel Sorry for Oldham West No Matter What The Result: From A Non-Partisan Voter

Lydia Suffield | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

Oh, Oldham West. Poor, poor Oldham West. By the time you read this article, we might already know the results of Thursday's by-election. I'm already t...

Why I Believe Every Month Should be Black History Month

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

Every month can be Black History Month if we put in a concerted effort to give our young the medicine they need; the self-conception and self-perception that can only be derived from a deeply-rooted cultural identity.

The State of the Unions

Joel Durston | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

Power-crazed organisations coercing government to enact policy against the will of the people and subverting democracy - so runs the popular left-wing critique of big corporations in the corrupt, neoliberal world. There's truth to it in places, but it's major failing of many that they feel to see some of the same issues with unions.

Smart TV Privacy Policy Is Creepily Reminiscent Of '1984'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech

Tech giant Samsung has warned customers against discussing personal or sensitive information in front of its voice-activated televisions. The South...

Write Harder, Better, Faster, (Not) Longer - with Uri Bram

Mark Brewer | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Brewer

So, please, indulge me as I hitherto invent a new genre of literary criticism and thrust it upon your unwitting and uninterested eyes. I call it a "pre-review review". I hear your teeth grind as you call me a "wally" and slap the back of your own neck in the hope you'll hit that "off-button" sweet-spot. Why not simply call it a "preview", like a sensible person?

How Have Millionaire Tories Convinced Us Immigrants and the Poor Are to Blame for Poverty?

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

As long as the public continues to accept the assurances of the rich that we have to suffer so that they don't have to, the bitterness created will continue to create divisions between ethnic and religious communities that should be working together to destroy zero hour contracts and ensure proper funding for the NHS.

The Language Politicians Use Is Damaging Politics

Dan Holden | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Holden

Politicians must begin to move away from this mould and persuade us to get behind them as people. They need to put the passion and personality back into politics.

Howard Jacobson Interview: The Brave New Word of 'J'

Jason Holmes | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The novel, set in a dystopia of the future, is a love story between loner artists, Ailinn and Kevern, and is a dark turn for a writer who has made his name by making others laugh. But behind every joke has not the impetus for its telling been borne of something more desperate and tragic?

Gaza: Why Outrage Isn't Enough

Richard Burden | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

UK ministers always seem to preface what they say about the crisis in Gaza by acknowledging Israel's right to self defence against attack. I agree with them about that. Actually, the Palestinians have the right of self defence too. The point is that neither can credibly be invoked to justify the carnage that is unfolding.

Britain's Grammatical Meltdown

Alexander Bowden | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK
Alexander Bowden

It is fair enough when one needs to write quickly in a personal message but this attitude needn't find its way into our press, our literature or our own writing. Call me the grammar police but whatever you do, just make sure your comment on this post makes sense.

War Books to Read on Holiday

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

My first reaction to this news was that I should read something substantial about one of the biggest conflicts in human history; perhaps Max Hastings huge new book on the subject, or some of that famous poetry that everyone is supposed to read in British schools. What about the extensive reports that all British newspapers are featuring about WW1?

How PR Ruined My Life, and Yours Too, Probably

Katie Beswick | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Beswick

Everything's a marketing opportunity. Our existence is only a chance to prove how brilliant we are, and to congratulate our mates for their brilliance too... The fact is, the more we PR our lives online, the more isolated we become. With every 'Ibiza. Done' status update we move further and further away from meaningful relationships with our families, friends and lovers.

Great Essays on Socialism: George Orwell - The Lion and the Unicorn

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

During his Etonian days, long before the publication of his 1941 essay, The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius, George Orwell claims to have developed particular socialistic tendencies...

Budget 2014 Takes Doublespeak to New Depths

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

With a budget that achieves the exact opposite of the objectives the Chancellor has set himself we are all wondering what will come out of the Ministry of Truth next. A Localism Act that centralises planning perhaps; or a Big Society that cuts benefits for the poor and vulnerable?

Orwell's 1984 Reimagined for the Post-Snowden Age at the Almeida Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

In this post-Snowden age, where privacy it seems is all but dead, a reinterpretation of Orwell's Big Brother and the omnipresent surveillance state certainly has a lot to offer. But this production at the Almeida is over-engineered, with high concept overwhelming the text, creating an inconsistent, uneven show.

A New Clear Fusion: How to Save the Music Industry

Jason Holmes | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Take a look in HMV and tell me what you see. For while the conveyor belt of the craven book publishing world rolls on, the art world preens and lumbers in search of the next concept, and our once glorious world of music has had its guts ripped out by the internet. Yet the musician persists in his efforts to have the cloth-eared hear his songs.

Edward Snowden, NSA Whistleblower, To Deliver Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower who revealed the extent of American and British surveillance programmes, is to give Channel 4's alternative Chris...

The Tory Approach to 'Stock Management' in Animal Farm UK

Rob Atkinson | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

Ultimately, in this nightmare scenario, there will be many thousands more poor, sick, disabled or simply old people who will die in the name of stock management - for want of fair government for all.

The Album That Changed My Life

Hugh Carswell | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hugh Carswell

That evening, at the piano in my Islington flat, the notes that came out were from Jura. I can't really explain how or why, I know it probably sounds barking mad. It was like the island was calling me saying 'I'm here, I've always been here, so come if you need me'.

News Punch: Orwellian Dystopia Homesick Blues

Marc Paterson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

Quite a week for Orwellian Dystopia fans. News Punch is SCARED! Jedward and the stars of TOWIE should be terrified as... Theresa May to criminalise, ...

Unlikely Tattoos: David Dimbleby Has A Scorpion, What Did Churchill & Orwell Have?

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK

UPDATE: David Dimbleby's Scorpion Tattoo Doubles As An HIV Symbol In The Gay Community (PICTURE) You’re never too old to be inked. And at the age...

Russell Brand and Robert Webb: Two Comedians of Liberty

Nicholas Barrett | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Nicholas Barrett

The appeal of Russell Brand's revolutionary ramblings lies in the paradox at the heart of this idea. Like every other ideology that came before it, negative liberty appears to transcend every other ideology.