Uh-oh, it’s the daddy of creepy governments, the Party, rulers of Oceania and inadvertent inspiration for godawful reality shows everywhere. In Orwell’s Oceania the concept of “truth” has been hijacked, history books tinkered with, all individual thought outlawed… you get the idea.
Any potential contradictions are to be ignored via the concept of “doublethink”, i.e. accepting that something doesn’t make sense, and just rolling with it. The status quo is maintained by the sinister Thought Police, who take a very dim view of political dissenters, brandishing Room 101 (a nifty creation, capable of making flesh the worst fears of its inhabitants) as an effective deterrent to any would-be revolutionaries.
Society’s only hope is… a mild-mannered civil servant. And he doesn’t even have a Guy Fawkes mask. *Sigh*
Better Than Labour?
No, but still a virtual “how-to” for every government since its release. If there’s a politician out there that doesn’t use “doublespeak” on a regular basis, we’ve yet to meet them.