George Orwell

'Duchess and Footboy' by Kolo Moser for the poem 'Vorfruehling' (Early spring) by Rainer Maria Rilke.

British universities have a duty to defend the ‘unsafe’ space

13 October 2015 15:13

In the ever-noisier debate about campus censorship, one party has been noticeably silent: the universities themselves. Last week, the journalists…

Nothing is safe, not even a joyous, throwaway TV show

Isis aren’t the only ones guilty of censoring the past

4 July 2015 11:11

Aside from reports about terrorism, war and the Vatican cosying up to Naomi Klein, few news stories this year have…

According to Orwell, people in wartime Britain were eating amounts that would make us fat today

Why are we getting fat while exercising so much? Try reading George Orwell

5 May 2015 17:52

Last week I mentioned a widely reported article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine which claimed that ‘physical activity…

French hate-speech laws have allowed Dieudonné M’bala M’bala to establish his 'anti-establishment' credentials (Photo: Guillaume Souvant/Getty)

If we want to tackle anti-Semitism we must challenge hate speech, not censor it

9 February 2015 18:13

One month on from the Charlie Hebdo massacre, free speech is still under attack. The outpouring of public revulsion at…

George Orwell, Will Self. Photo: AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Will Self is in no position to criticise George Orwell

8 September 2014 13:33

In The Mating Season, P.G. Wodehouse – perhaps George Orwell’s only rival as the century’s greatest English writer – puts…

Will we ever learn to love Leicester's Opal Court, 2007 winner of the Carbuncle Cup?

Will we learn to love our ugly houses?

29 August 2014 15:57

What are the root causes of Britain’s housing crisis? The Philosophers’ Mail – which has copied the format of MailOnline but…

Barnhill, Isle of Jura, where George Orwell wrote 1984.

Scottish Nationalists have become Masters of Doublethink

19 May 2014 17:37

Let’s be fair, however, UKIP have not cornered the market in weirdness. One of the odder elements of the Scottish…

Ayaan Harsi Ali is a classic of example the trend whereby 'traitors' are abandoned by people who ought to be their friends.

How to be a traitor

8 May 2014 10:51

No one is as hated as deeply as the apostate. Ordinary opponents are nothing in comparison. They are unbelievers, who…


Why do we cringe at the term ‘third class’?

20 October 2013 16:20

Alas, it looks like the return to third class travel won’t happen. The papers had got terrifically excited about what…

King Rib supper, single smoked sausage, pickled onions, saltnsauce. My supper yesterday, actually.

George Orwell’s lesson for Jamie Oliver

27 August 2013 17:08

Jamie Oliver, eh, what a card? Why can’t Britain’s revolting poor eat better food? If they can afford televisions they…

'Big Brother' watches over Winston Smith (Edmond O'Brien) and Julia (Jan Sterling), during the filming of the 1955 adaptation of '1984'. Image: Getty

In defence of paranoid hysteria

22 June 2013 15:56

Compare a democracy to a dictatorship and world-weary chuckles follow. The last thing a citizen can do in true tyrannies…

The European media. Photo: Getty Images.

Every tabloid’s worst nightmare

25 January 2013 12:22

What would George Orwell write about today? asked the Guardian. Here’s our nomination: an EU report that recommends giving the…

George Orwell: friend or foe of the New Statesman? Photo: PA

Down the memory hole for Orwell Week

24 January 2013 12:20

Amid much Twitter self-congratulation, the New Statesman has declared this ‘Orwell week‘. Oddly, however, it has yet to mention some…

Some literary '13's for 2013. Image: Getty

Some literary thirteens for 2013

10 January 2013 15:28

I suspect I might not be the only one who finds it unnerving to be at the start of a…

Charlie Croker has a new book out. Image: Getty.

To take or not to take a pseudonym

18 October 2012 14:04

Literary pseudonyms have been on my mind lately, for a couple of reasons. The first is Salman Rushdie’s revelation that…

Haruki Murakami's '1Q84' has been removed from bookshops in Beijing; George Orwell would have seen the irony. Image: Getty.

China bans Haruki Murakami’s ‘1Q84’: George Orwell would have seen the irony

27 September 2012 9:01

Books – or lack thereof – are the latest manifestation of anti-Japanese sentiment in China. The escalating dispute over the…

Blogging Barbarossa

22 June 2011 10:21

Perhaps the most horrific battle of them all began 70 years ago today. Here’s Orwell: The Germans invaded the U.S.S.R.…

Nick Cohen, George Orwell and Me

31 March 2009 23:09

I can’t stay silent on the issue of Nick Cohen’s intervention at the Orwell Prize shotlisting event earlier this week.…