Tuesday, 7 June 2011

war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength

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Scrolling through the archives of my other blogs, I have come to realise that the vast majority of what I post is in fact complete and utter nonsense ~ which is entirely the opposite of what I had intended for this blog! So instead of posting a video or reviewing something, I shall give this post some substance.

I’m currently re-reading Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. I have always loved this book but until now I hadn’t actually realised its frightening relevance in our modern society. The fact that Orwell had predicted that 1984 would bring the rise of a totalitarian dictatorship resonates with such irony considering the current political strife, not just in the UK, but globally.

Granted, the novel oozes with hyperbole and over-exaggerates the state of affairs of the country ~ the infamous character of Big Brother evokes fear among the electorate and enforces a ludicrous set of rules and regulations, essentially restricting thousands - no, millions - of people from living their lives, and instead aims to control their every move.

But living in a world where politicians go back on their word as often as they have Sunday roasts means that we can certainly draw parallels between the 1949 novel and our modern day political system. Considering the promises that the likes of Nick Clegg and other Liberal Democrats made to students concerning University tuition fees, it seems that even the friendliest of faces and the most sincere professionals, can abandon their beliefs and transform into, fundamentally, power hungry, glorified Tories.

For the young voters of tomorrow, I feel that everything is becoming much more uncertain. In an almost post-modern sense, the distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ (so to speak) is becoming ever more blurred and in essence, neither one is the better alternative. But in my opinion, it’s not the voters that should be worried but the politicians and the parties themselves.

With people becoming more educated, well informed and genuinely interested in politics, people are better positioned to make a clear, sensible and nonpartisan judgement, voting for the party which offers the best solutions for society and disregarding those that appear to propose otherwise.

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