Orwell predicted Grant Shapps!

March 21, 2014 at 11:00 am (Asshole, Beyond parody, Jim D, Orwell, posted by JD, Tory scum)

Compare and contrast:
It comes to something when the Tories cut taxes for business, offer incentives to people with enough cash to save in the thousands, cut taxes on long haul flights as taken by the wealthy and scrupulously do nothing to curb the multi national tax evaders and avoiders but then BOAST about cutting beer duty and taxes on bingo 'for hardworking people'. The phrase 'Let them eat cake' springs to mind...or is it beer and circuses?

Above: Grant Shapps’ poster, after yesterday’s budget (not a spoof)
Below: Orwell’s chilling prophesy:


H/t Carl Hetherington (via Facebook)


  1. Mike Killingworth said,

    Even Orwell didn’t imagine that they’d vote the Tories back (herewith my prediction – an overall Tory majority next time).

    I just met a woman on the bus who thinks unemployment is all the Unions’ fault. When I suggested to her that there might be more to it than that, she was adamant there wasn’t. Perhaps 10% of the population thinks like her.
    How many diehard socialists are there left – 1%? 0.1%?

  2. Orwell predicted Grant Shapps! | OzHouse said,

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  3. Mike Killingworth said,

    It is perhaps also worth remembering that Marx counselled us against supposing that Government is over here and organised crime over there.

    In order to have moral worth, it is first necessary to be powerless.

  4. Babs said,

    Brilliant! That’s going on FB.

  5. Matthew Thompson said,

    Orwell also predicted the National Lottery in 1984:

    ““The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that there were some millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory.”

    • dagmar said,

      I don’t know if you can strictly call that “prediction” as similar lotteries have been in existence for much longer than before Orwell wrote 1984, e.g. in the USA, Mexico, Thailand (used to finance the country’s participation in World War I), and so on.

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