I FOUND Agromenes’s ‘Not such a brave world’ article (March 22) very interesting. Between 1941 and 1943, Orwell worked for the BBC at the Eastern Service on propaganda for broadcast in India. Some claim that 1984 was based partly on the internal workings of the World Service and that Big Brother was based on his then boss, the Minister of Information Brendan Bracken, who was known to his employees as BB.
Allegedly, Orwell resented the wartime censorship and the need to manipulate information that he felt came from the Ministry. Ironic then that, if the above is correct, Agromenes should end the article: ‘It’s the world of George Orwell, in which facts are what you want them to be and reality becomes a manipulated construct. Our reliance on an impartial BBC has become even more vital—its World Service is central to our support of a free society.’ Fiona Blount, West Sussex