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Men like Clive , Nelson , Nicholson , Gordon would find no place for themselves
in the modern British Empire . By 1920 nearly every inch of the colonial empire
was in the grip of Whitehall . Wellmeaning , over - civilized men , in dark suits and
Imperialist sentiment remained strong in the middle class , chiefly owing to family
tradition , but the job of administering the Empire had ceased to appeal . Few
able men went east of Suez if there was any way of avoiding it . But the general ...
One was to continue administering the Empire exactly as before , which meant
dropping all pretensions to Socialism . Another was to set the subject peoples “
free ” , which meant in practice handing them over to Japan , Italy and other ...
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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