Cameron says, in an interview with Peter Oborne (author of The Triumph Of The Political Class, and The Rise Of Political Lying), that the book ‘1984’ written by George Orwell in 1949 underlies his political philosophy. Now that is quite an admission.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (also 1984), by George Orwell, published in 1949, is a dystopian novel about the totalitarian régime of the Party, an oligarchical collectivist society where life in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of
pervasive government surveillance,
public mind control,
and the voiding of citizens’ rights.
Recognise any of that, Tony Blair?
In the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue), protagonist Winston Smith is a civil servant responsible for perpetuating the Party’s propaganda by revising historical records to render the Party omniscient and always correct, yet his meagre existence disillusions him into rebellion against Big Brother, which leads to his arrest, torture, and conversion.
As literary science fiction, 1984 is a classic novel of the social science fiction sub-genre, thus, since its publication in 1949, the terms and concepts of
became contemporary vernacular.
PC, Peter Mandelson’s ‘narrative’, spin doctor, ‘the media’ all correspond nicely.
Cameron sees that the good in people and institutions is now being wasted, and needs to be brought back to life. (I paraphrase)
He attacked ‘distant Utopianism’, and ‘obsessive, excessive ideology’ – (does he mean distant EUtopianism?). He wants a pragmatic approach to be taken, making use of ‘present laughter’ and the thoughts and ideas of the people who are there at the time to predominate.
It’s a mild intelligent philosophy, moderately expressed, but the more powerful for being so. The still small voice of freedom still speaks in Britain, at the head of today’s Conservative Party, while Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, the Blairs all rush ahead to forming their (e)utopian dream – one world government, and the inevitable end that that will bring – as described by George Orwell in 1984.
Great interview. Great moment to see the forces of a political philosophy whose time has come building and getting ready to break upon the world.