According to the Penguin Modern Classics edition of George Orwell's 1984, the author was originally going to set the action in 1980. Then, as the years and the writing of the book went on, 1982. And finally he decided on 1984.
And here we are now, with our database and CCTV State in 2009. Seems a far more appropriate setting than what, in reality, turned out to be the era of Thatcher, Reagan, shoulder pads, Spitting Image, Greenham Common, The Miners' Strike, Rubik's Cubes and Apple Macs, doesn't it?
Is the Government and, indeed, the EU, using Orwell's 1984 as a guide?
I simply can't believe what's happening. And as I start today knowing that all our internet movements are now being monitored... I can't help wondering...
What the fuck is going to happen to us?
Where is it all going to end?