George Orwell

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British prime minister Boris Johnson has claimed that the EU was ‘pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create a powerful superstate’, and that the plucky English Brexiteers would ‘set the country free’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” The German philosopher Theodor Adorno made this statement for the first time in 1949. It implies at lea(...)

Extinction Rebellion protesters in Birmingham where they intermittently blocked traffic using Bristol Road.  Photograph:  Jacob King/PA Wire

International financial markets believe recession may be coming. Germany’s economy is contracting, a no-deal Brexit could soon drag Ireland under, and(...)

George Orwell: ‘Marx discovered to be very lousy, ears full of nits, no doubt owing to the hot weather.’ Photograph: Photo 12/ Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Dipping into George Orwell’s Diaries for August 1939 this week, I was briefly confused by his apparent references to Karl Marx.   It wouldn’t be (...)

Scotland was always going to push for independence. Nationalists in the North were always going to be watching the clock. Photograph: Andy Rain

Now, less than three months away from the UK’s departure from the European Union, a new report by Policy Exchange has set out a list of things the gov(...)

The Apple Watch was initially positioned as a luxury, but it soon became clear that its true appeal was functional. Photograph: AP

When I went swimming in my local pool this week, my Apple Watch tracked not only my time on each lap, but my heart rate throughout. Then I rode a Lime(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May with England’s captain Eoin Morgan holding the World Cup trophy after beating New Zealand the final. Photograph:  Niklas Halle’n / AFP/Getty Images

If there were to be a new referendum on Brexit in the UK, what should the slogan be for the Remainers? Last time out, the Leave campaign owed much of(...)

Milkman, by Irish writer Anna Burns, won the inaugural prize for political fiction. File photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Two books about the Troubles have been announced as winners of Orwell prizes for 2019. Anna Burns’s experimental novel Milkman won the inau(...)

Anna Frizelle from Sutton and Libby Behan from Sandymount, students of Loreto on the Green in Dublin 2, following the Leaving Cert English Paper 1 exam. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

From a sample size of three, I have decided that the Leaving Cert is by far the most punishing way of getting into university. Our children were mostl(...)

“GK Chesterton was certainly no ascetic, enjoying cigars and alcohol as well as food. Unlike most saints, he was also happily married.”

The writer GK Chesterton was unusual for many reasons, ranging from his physical enormity – he stood 6 feet 4 and weighed more than 20 stone (130kg) –(...)

  Eileen O’Shaughnessy, George Orwell’s first wife. In 1934, the year before the couple met, she had published a poem called “1984”

If ­it made a villain of the sinister “O’Brien”, as we noted here on Saturday (Diary, June 8th), George Orwell’s 1984 might also have added to the fam(...)

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