“… It’s our cultural bloodstream, the secret of who we are, and it tells us to let go of the past, even as we honour it. To lament what ought to be lamented and to celebrate what should be celebrated. And if in the end, that history turns out to reveal itself as a patriot, well then I think that neither Churchill nor Orwell would have minded that very much, and as a matter of fact, neither do I.”

— Simon Schama

“Would it end via Fascist coup d’état (from above) or via Socialist revolution (from below)?” ( George Orwell)


This is very much a comparative look at two at the above comment from Simon Schama.  What we have here  are two people who witnessed  the great changes of the period. You may think that they are two different people, Winston Smith ( George Orwell’s character in 1984) and Winston Churchill are in a way much one in the same, when you actually sit down and read deep into the texts of both people’s lives. This of course will all make sense in due time.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When 1984 is written you have to understand there was a certain fear in Orwell’s  eyes much due to the ascension of Communism and Socialism in most European states, it is not surprising that Big Brother is oddly based on Stalin. The acronym INCOG is the Orwellian term for English Socialism.  Due mainly to his time in the Spanish Civil war. This caused Orwell to believe that it would be ether Fascism from above, or Socialism from below. In some respect this could be true, most states turned to an extreme  form of government in the 20th century.  (Ironically Poland could be classed as a military dictatorship, with the exception of maybe Holland, Belgium, Ireland, Swiss,United Kingdom, slightly France, could be considered and extreme right or left governance.)

“You and me are the same We don’t know or care who’s to blame But we know that whoever holds the reins Nothing will change, our cause has gone insane ” Muse-United States of Eurasia

Now the comparison to Churchill, how is this even possible well it is ironically the main thing that drives this comparison is the fear of an over-riding rising from ether the right or the left.  Both had this fear in the 1945 election which of course proved unfounded in the long-term effects of history. He even coined the term of some form of Gestapo would be used by the Labour Government to keep control. This of course did not happen but if you bring it down to a base level both men had the same principles in respect to freedom and choice of the common man.

I hope you enjoyed the above do comment. Next up we go back to the English Civil war to look at was King Charles a good king.