Doublethink

This week the UK faces an important vote; one which will polarise the electorate and expose deep social divisions. That’s right, the eighteenth series of Big Brother has launched to the usual fanfare and eviction process.  The original concept for the show is based on George Orwell’s novel 1984, set in a dystopic future characterised by fake news, a bureaucratic, continental super-state, housing crises, food banks, and increasingly pervasive ‘telescreens’ and surveillance. It really stretches the imagination, doesn’t it?  This year’s BB house, which is designed to faithfully represent ‘a real cross section of people from across the country’, includes two strippers, two nightclub owners, the reigning Miss Nigeria UK and an estate agent; pretty much covering all the bases. As Orwell wrote, ‘If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever’. Suddenly the General Election seems quite interesting. Happy voting!