I will be forever indebted to my 4th form English teacher for encouraging me to read Animal Farm and helping me begin to grasp some of its more complex aspects, from there onwards I ventured forth to a charity book event and seized upon a copy of 1984. This was the beginning of my rebellious phase where I delved into as much political literature as possible. It was also around this time that I learnt that the media was not always so black and white, everyone can tell a story but its not the telling thats important, its how we tell it. To this day I have a deep love of politics, literature and of course I never lost my scepticism, for all that I have to thank George Orwell. For these reasons I am pleased to announce that as of the 7th of November Mr Orwell has been honoured with a statue that will loom over the people at the BBC. In a nice touch behind the statue is this quote from Animal Farm:
“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
In this era of Fake News and gossip that harkens us back to doublespeak, it is important to know that the news is not entertainment, its not there to make us smile, its there to inform and educate us. Even though Orwell himself would have hated the statue I hope that it will stand as a reminder to the journalists whom walk by it every day, they are what keep the corrupt in check, never bowing down and always tell the truth.
“Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.” George Orwell