Newspeak - Orwell was Right.

What to write, or indeed, what it might even be appropriate to write tonight?

Another terrorist incident, this time in London, has lines of counter-terrorism and counter-extremism experts, lining-up to offer their mix of platitudes and opinions to the media.

In front of No10. the Prime Minister is once again warning of the very visible threat from a demonstrably violent and radical Salafi Islamic orthodoxy. Urging us she needs to be able to introduce legislation to take greater control of both internet 'Safe Spaces' and encryption.

I’m suddenly reminded of George Orwell’s ’Newspeak’ from his novel, 1984. It’s defined as “Ambiguous, euphemistic language used chiefly in political propaganda.’ The objective, to ensure universal orthodoxy of ideology and politics among the the people.

Orwell, explains that Newspeak is a language characterised by a continually diminishing vocabulary, “Complete thoughts reduced to simple terms of simplistic meaning,’ and that, I fear is where our social narrative is heading in 2017.

I rather think that most of the population is intelligent enough to understand what is going-on around them; particularly when events like last night’s unfold on the different news channels. However and at times, it all feels like we live in some kind of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ reality, where objective reality has very blurred edges.

Where do we go from here? Charles Arthur’s excellent piece in The Guardian, explains why Government ‘Going-after’ Facebook or Google isn’t going to achieve much if anything. As Thomas Rid points-out on Twitter: “If the UK continues trying to roll back core liberal values by messing with an open and secure internet, then the terrorists win.”

All the different and extremely expensive anti-radicalism measures appear to have failed miserably as well, in part because unless you have lived ‘Among the believers’ it’s almost impossibly difficult for our liberal Western minds to understand the nature of the belief that drives them. AsDavid Allen Green tells us:  'There have been so many terrorism statutes since 2000 Government has run out of names for them: Terrorism Act, Anti-Terrorism Act, Counter-Terrorism Act."

If there are any certainties remaining in Britain today, then among them has to be the suggestion we need to tear-up the script and start again. Rather than reject what we don't wish to hear,we may take another quote from George Orwell, who also wrote: "The time has come for intelligent men to re-state the obvious.'

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