To Orwell Today,
As we go into the final stages of the UK election campaign the parties are becoming personal. But aside from rhetoric there's little to choose between Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. The opportunity of real debate and dialogue between candidates and joe public (WINSTON SMITH) remains rare, with all rallies, discussions, visits etc all finely controlled and orchastrated by THE PARTY machines. Occasionally a solitary PROLE breaks through the wire and accuses BLAIR of a globalisation agenda and DOUBLETALK and changing doctrines overnight.
The media present an endless variety of opinion polls along with PROLEFEED that Beckham's marriage is rocky. The public are bored and fatigued by the all the spin and hopefully will use their votes wisely on May 5th and shock all the pundits and spin merchants by voting for truth wherever it can be found.
The problem is, there is no truth to be found in politicians, who are, as you say, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum (an expression Orwell also used).
Politicians don't run the government, they run FOR the government, which is owned and operated by un-elected appointees and donors. Think of politicians as horses in a horse race running for their owners as entertainment for the proles.
It's election time here in Canada too but I don't watch the race or particpate in any way.
Canada is a corporation, not a country, and its politicians (all stripes) work for elite shareholders, not taxpaying citizens. Regrettably, it's the same situation in England.
All the best,
I believe many authors made references to these characters besides ORWELL. Namely Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll and recently Bob Dylan in his Orwellian song of the same title from his album Love and Theft.
Yes, it was in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll that Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum were first introduced. But I have to admit that I've never read Alice in Wonderland cover to cover because it's too nonsensical and - dare I say it - boring. It always put me to sleep, which, come to think of it, must be why it's one of the greatest bedtime stories.
All the best,
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