|Issue No 118||02 November 2001|
Letters to the Editor
More on Orwell
Whilst Greg Platt makes good points ('The Great Orwell Debate Continues...', Issue No. 117) in relation to George Orwell's political views in the 1930s, I would question his analysis of Orwell's position in the late 1940s. Platt comments that in the last years of his life, when the Cold War made his anti-communism fashionable, 'Orwell refused to line up with the Right'. In late 1996 I examined a top secret file that had just been declassified by the Public Record Office in London. It concerned Orwell's collaboration with a clandestine anti-communist propaganda unit operating out of the British Foreign Office. In 1949, not long before his death, Orwell gave a secret list of names, with his own sometimes brutally frank annotations, of more than 130 'crypto-communists' and 'fellow travellers'. It seems reasonable to assume that, as a consequence, a number of those identified experienced some form of blacklisting in the 1950s.
When this revelation became public in 1996, many of Orwell's former friends, such as Michael Foot, were astonished and disappointed; they certainly believed Orwell had 'lined up with the Right' by becoming an informer on the Left. Perhaps Greg Platt may be interested in the brief article I wrote on this sad end to Orwell's crowded life. See 'Confronting the Cominform: George Orwell and the Cold War Offensive of the Information Research Department', Labour History, No.73, 1977, pp. 219-26.
Interview: Flying High
ACTU Secretary Greg Combet on saving Ansett jobs, defeating Howard and wooing a new generation of unionists.
Corporate: Howard's List of Shame
ACTU President Shaharn Burrow runs through the litany of corporate collapses and down-sizes that have cut a swathe through the Australian community.
Campaign Diary: Week Four: The Battle Lines Drawn
It was a week that saw the leaders launch their campaigns, kiss lots of babies and battle for space with a Holy Jihad.
Industrial: Desperately Seeking Solutions
They might not call it 'industrial relations' in the spin of modern politics, but all the major parties have released plans that will affect the way we work over the next three years.
Economics: Manufacturing Prosperity
Neale Towart looks at the hidden debate of the election campaign - the degree of intervention government should take through Industry Policy.
History: War And Politics
The Conservatives are trying to wage war and win the election. The pundits say itís a tried and true recipe for electoral success. The 1940 federal poll suggests otherwise.
International: Globalising Labour
On the eve of the International Metalworkers Federation Congress general secretary Marcello Malentacchi argues all nations need to retain a manufacturing base.
Review: Security - Who Needs it?
What does it mean to be secure? Should we even need to ask? In his new book, Anthony Burke asks the tough questions.
Satire: Locksmith Promises "Greater Security" If Elected
A Melbourne locksmith has agreed to run for federal parliament, campaigning on the key issue of security.
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