LBC host James O’Brien put it best this morning, after the latest news cycle slavishly adopted the line handed down by alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, as he mused “George Orwell is probably the best guide to help us navigate the ever growing gulf between government rhetoric and observable reality. ‘There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.’” Staying sane after yesterday’s charade will, though, prove challenging.
We are indeed looking at an Orwellian world. “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past” is the mantra of 10 Downing Street. That of those still clinging to reality is “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows”. Johnson is a clown. A frighteningly dangerous one.