(it’s not satire – it’s the UK today!)
Sue Ryder – volunteering is mandatory!
I’ve written before about how we are seeing more and more of what George Orwell in his novel 1984 called ‘Doublethink‘ – the ability to maintain two contradictory ideas in one’s head simultaneously and believe them both to be true.
Orwell imagined that a whole new vocabulary would have to be created in order to facilitate ‘Doublethink‘ – something he called ‘Newspeak‘ – and we’re seeing more of that too.
The Liberal Democrats are past masters of both ‘Doublethink‘ and ‘Newspeak‘ but unfortunately it seems to be spreading to organisations other than political parties.
I’ve just noticed the charity Sue Ryder has used a stunning example of it in their recent explanation of why they are continuing to participate in the government’s much criticised workfare programme.
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