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... readers are likely to have been offended because I have used the word “
England ” oftener than “ Britain ” , as though the whole population dwelt in
London and the Home Counties and neither north nor west possessed a culture
of its own .
And underlying this is the really important fact about so many of the English
intelligentsia — their severance from the common culture of the country . In
intention , at any rate , the English intelligentsia are Europeanized . They take
their cookery ...
But the sort of peace that Pétain , Laval & Co. have accepted can only be
purchased by deliberately wiping out the national culture . The Vichy government
will enjoy a spurious independence only on condition that it destroys the
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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