Today is the anniversary of the birth, on 25 June 1903, of Eric Blair. Or George Orwell, as he is better known.
It’s not a remarkable anniversary, like a centenary. But we wanted to mark it – because Orwell inspires the spirit of the National Conversation.
Nobody ‘owns’ Orwell: both the left and the right scrap over his legacy. But everyone of good will is united in respect for Orwell’s fearlessness, honesty and essential decency.