George Orwell

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

Jason Holmes | Posted 12.08.2014 | 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 04.08.2014 | 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 16.07.2014 | 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 15.07.2014 | 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 14.07.2014 | 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.

George Orwell, The Daily Mail and Who Really Hates England

Martin Moore | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
Martin Moore

One such author and journalist, writing at the same time as a young Ralph Miliband, was highly critical of aspects of England and Englishness. The English 'are not gifted artistically' he wrote. The English 'are not intellectual'. They have, he wrote a 'world-famed hypocrisy'.

Is Modern Surveillance Really 'Orwellian'?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

We need a much larger, open public debate to determine the balance between security and liberty in a digital age. But too many sensible opponents are disposed to calling surveillance measures 'Orwellian'... regular refrain to our most celebrated dystopian nightmare is not helpful.

1984 Is Only a Year Away

Ian Wood | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Tech
Ian Wood

It's perhaps appropriate that the biggest news this month, a month that marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of George Orwell, is a story about privacy. What would Orwell, whose dystopian novel 1984 painted a nightmare vision of a society under constant surveillance, have to say about the current scandal engulfing the U.S. and British security services?

Social Media is Destroying our Ability to be Social

Jason A Murdock | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Tech
Jason A Murdock

The world has changed, didn't you get the memo? We have become digitised, and we live in a world now defined by IP address statistics and pictures of what you had for breakfast. Social media in its current form has changed the way we live our lives, and perhaps we are so far down the rabbit hole it is too late to turn back.

'Skint': Scunthorpe, Lies and Videotape..?

Paul Drury | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

Unfortunately, the filmmakers visiting Scunthorpe wasted a wonderful opportunity to shed light onto a world we don't often see on television and examine some of the reasons behind this. Instead they choose to reinforce some highly damaging opinions held about Britain's poor and unemployed people.

That Mr Men Speech and Why Mr Gove Is Not Mr Right

Hilary Robinson | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Robinson

Having gone to a comprehensive school in an area of considerable social depravation I can speak for talented teachers who were specially selected for their ability to maintain control and to enthuse their students with imaginative and inspired ideas.

Revisiting the Moon Under Water: The Perfect Pub

Nicholas Cooper | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nicholas Cooper

I've always believed that a pub which can offer me a quality beer that I've never heard of is onto a good start, and anywhere I can walk in and see something on draught that surprises me is doing even better. Anywhere offering a combination of Carlsberg, Carling and Strongbow and not much else is simply not going to cut it.

Confessions of a First Year Student - 'I Felt Just Like Ke$ha'

Eve Betts | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Betts

The constant anxiety of what soap opera dramas awaited me at university didn't exactly help matters. I've been considering selling the movie rights of my university life to Universal Studios, on the grounds that I will be played by Audrey Tautou (she'll have to wear seven inch heels) and that The Killers must be used in the opening sequence.

Bukowski and the Down-and-Outs

Tom Ward | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Ward

What are the chances of really becoming a commercially and critically successful author in 2013? For me personally, the idea of being a down-and-out writer living in a bedsit hasn't had to become a reality just yet. This is due to still living at my parents' home.

Orwell Would Have Liked Photoshop

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK
Neil Durkin

Under the blitz of current Orwell stuff in the media there's a recurring theme: what would the great man have made of the present day, and how right was he about the modern world? Recent chit-chat in my office was broadly positive about his "predictive" powers. Recent chit-chat in my office was broadly positive about his "predictive" powers: Doublespeak (modern political/managerial jargon?), Telescreens (TV, especially those tuned to the Big Brother house on Channel 5!), Napoleon, the revolutionary-turned-authoritarian pig from Animal Farm.