Wednesday, 7 December 2016

George Orwell; On Freedom of Speech & Liberty.

 The relative freedom which we enjoy depends on public opinion. The law is no protection. Governments make laws, but whether they are carried out, and how the police behave, depends on the general temper in the country. If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
                George Orwell

 George Orwell joined the BBC, in 1941.
Third from the left is TS Eliot with George Orwell standing behind him.