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For Mr Orwell likes his friends no better than his enemies and in the name of common sense is capable of exaggerating with the simplicity and innocence of a savage . His virtue is that he says things that need to be said ; his vice that ...
It has its private language and its common memories , and at the approach of an enemy it closes its ranks . A family with the wrong members in control – that , perhaps , is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase .
It needs some very great disaster , such as prolonged subjugation by a foreign enemy , to destroy a national culture . The Stock Exchange will be pulled down , the horse plough will give way to the tractor , the country houses will be ...
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It seems harsh to criticise George Orwell's optimism when he implies that socialism has become inevitable: he was writing in 1941, I thought so in 1980. Sadly, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and ... Read full review