Pos­i­tively Or­wellian

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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