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At any normal time the ruling class will rob , mismanage , sabotage , lead us into the muck ; but let popular opinion really make itself heard , let them get a tug from below that they cannot avoid feeling , and it is difficult for them ...
One of the dominant facts in English life during the past three quarters of a century has been the decay of ability in the ruling class . In the years between 1920 and 1940 it was happening with the speed of a chemical reaction .
But the navy is only partially , and the air , force hardly at all , within the ruling - class orbit . It must be admitted that so long as things were peaceful the methods of the British ruling class served them well enough .
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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