BBC boss rejected Orwell statue idea because he thought proposal "far too left-wing"

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Goodness. One would think that the man who wrote two anti-totalitarian novels skewering Russian communism (those would be 'Animal Farm' and 'Nineteen Eighty-Four') and who in addition wrote the great patriotic essay "My Country Right or Left" in the autumn of 1940, might still be honored for the work he did for the BBC during the war years, wouldn't one.

    'Orwell is far too left-wing for us': What BBC chief told Joan Bakewell
    over plans to honour 'greatest journalist of his day' with statue
    (Daily Mail)
    more, along with a great picture of Orwell smiling behind his BBC microphone, at link above
     
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  3. Nova

    Nova New Member

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    Unbelievable! One of the most influential authors of the 20th century, no less!
     
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    Ada New Member

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    Umm, what?!
     
  5. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Excellent Geoffrey Wheatcroft piece, from the Guardian:

    Why George Orwell is as relevant today as ever
    If George Orwell was guilty of anything, it was not
    of being too leftwing but too intellectually honest
    the rest at the link above
     

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