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27 years ago today

Part One

Chapter 1

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. At one end of it a coloured poster, too large for indoor display, had been tacked to the wall. It depicted simply an enormous face, more than a metre wide: the face of a man of about forty-five, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features. Winston made for the stairs. It was no use trying the lift. Even at the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electric current was cut off during daylight hours. It was part of the economy drive in preparation for Hate Week. The flat was seven flights up, and Winston, who was thirty-nine and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle, went slowly, resting several times on the way. On each landing, opposite the lift-shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran....

Luckily it was only fiction........

Comments

Thank goodness it was!

It was real enough under the "benevolent" 'Socialist' Regime in East Germany and its getting pretty close to reality in the UK with all the controls on free speech (Can't say that because it might offend someone ...) plus the last regimes Ministers urging citizens to report their neighbours if they think they might be ... CCTV everywhere, layers of legislation, much of it conflicting and restricting ancient rights, and finally the farce that is the "Human Rights Act" and the "Equalities Act" - both licences for abuse of the legal system and the further restriction of freedom...

Not, unfortunately, fully fiction any longer ...

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