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George Orwell - left or right?

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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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