If you’re not willing to risk the unusual you will have to settle for the ordinary.

All my heroes are equal but George Orwell is more equal than others.

I’m not taken to affection for old Etonian propagandists, after all there are enough of them stuffing up the country at the moment. But I make an exception for George.

You may love him for his lifelong opposition to totalitarianism but my hero worship is altogether less worthy. As far as I can see, as a master essayist, he basically invented blogging. While his exploration of society’s underbelly means he definitely invented ethnography. And at a push I’d try to claim that he was one of the first people to challenge their unconscious bias.

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