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... take a money bribe , is one of the symbolic figures of England . He is a symbol of the strange mixture or reality and illusion , democracy and privilege , humbug and decency , the subtle network 20 THE LION AND THE UNICORN.
It is a land of snobbery and privilege , ruled largely by the old and silly . But in any calculation about it one has got to take into account its emotional unity , the tendency of nearly all its inhabitants to feel alike and act ...
... though it is true that very few people with over £ 2,000 a year are among them . What is wanted is a conscious open revolt by ordinary people against inefficiency , class privilege and the rule of the old .
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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