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Knowing the generally pro-imperial mentality of the British establishment, and its obdurate shortsightedness in preferring Franco to a victory of the Spanish left, Orwell always sought to focus attention on the liberation of Abyssinia, on the independence of India and Burma, on the sufferings of the Maltese under Axis bombardment, on the aspirations of Arab nationalism, and in general on the end of imperialism. This was an outcome which he foresaw, and worked for, long before most intellectuals—even many leftist ones—could be convinced that the days of a white-ruled globe were over. I t was from his time making wartime broadcasts to India for the BBC that Orwell began to concentrate on the idea of history and falsification.
John Perivolaris and christian Payne photographed by David Dunnico On the 2nd of May this year I took a walk from Manchester into Salford with Dr John Perivolaris.
This material remains under copyright and is reproduced by kind permission of the Orwell Estate and Penguin Books . A couple of years ago a friend of mine, a newspaper editor, was firewatching with some factory workers. They fell to talking about his newspaper, which most of them read and approved of, but when he asked them what they thought of the literary section, the answer he got was: “You don’t suppose we read that stuff, do you?