He went to Eton but he was not of the ruling class. He served as a colonial policeman in Burma but he was alienated from the Raj. He became an intellectual who disliked intellectuals, and a socialist who distrusted almost all forms of socialism. He belonged nowhere.
Except, eventually, to England – not Britain, says Colls, which was too abstract an identity, but England.
So writes David Aaronovitch
of an author who "discovered the values of a practical, gentle, empirical people who didn't kill each other because they disagreed over politics" — The reluctant patriot: how George Orwell reconciled himself with England
Labels: Albion, Freedom, The Written Word