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George Orwell - left or right?


Where does George Orwell's true political identity lie and does he have universal appeal?

Last week, Baroness Bakewell claimed that Mark Thompson, the outgoing Director General of the BBC, rejected a statue of Orwell outside Broadcasting House in London apparently telling her: "Oh no, Joan, we can't possibly. It's far too left-wing an idea."

DJ Taylor, biographer of Orwell and Dr Tony Wright, former Labour MP and Professor of Government and Public Policy at UCL, debate.

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