ridiculous to put a statue of George Orwell, author of 1984 and stickler for clear, truthful English, outside the BBC’s HQ. Orwell was a Leftist, beyond doubt. But he was also a patriot. And he was not the sort of soupy, evasive, jargonencrusted Leftist who flourishes at the BBC. He didn’t like the Corporation when he did work for it, long before it became the shameless liberal propaganda organ it is now. In fact, if Orwell were with us now, I don’t think they would welcome him.