Tomorrow, the clock strikes thirteen.

1984 starts as follows…

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

That was set on April 4th, 1984, although George Orwell actually wtote most of it in 1944 and was originally going to call the book Nineteen-fortty-eight.

Twenty five years (and two days) later, the total panopticon ratchet tightens up several clicks. From tomorrow, for Britons, every phone call you make or receive, every email you send or receive, every web site you visit, will be logged and retained. 

We are told it isn’t the contents of your communication, (yet), the State isn’t opening every virtual envelope, just making a note of what is written on the outside. That is an awful lot of data and is very useful for fishing expeditions.

How long before anonymizing services get blocked by ISPs, on a “voluntary basis” of course?

This is all to do with The War Against Terror, being implemented on behalf of Yoorop by those T.W.A.T.ters in Parliament.

Here is one way to give the spooks the finger, courtesy of Ian PJ at the Libertarian Party.

Meanwhile, the lyrics to this song get more sinister each time I hear them.

7 Replies to “Tomorrow, the clock strikes thirteen.”

  1. According to his manuscript, Orwell was going to set the book in 1980, then 1982! There are crossings-out!

  2. “According to the introduction of the Penguin Modern Classics edition, Orwell originally meant 1980 as the story’s time, but as the writing became prolonged, he re-titled it 1982, then 1984, coincidentally the reverse of the year written, 1948. Still others believe that Orwell intentionally chose to title the book with the reverse of the year it was written, to allude to the possibility that the events of the story are not so far away as they might seem, rather they occur in a time that shares much with our own.”

  3. By itself, the number 1984 has no cultural resonance, without the Orwellian aspect.

    The year 1991 did have a resonance with Mother Shipton as she appeared to talk in rhyming Couplets. (Although she may have said 1881, there is some confusion!) By my childhood, the Knaresborough guides were saying 1991 (back in the late 60s/early 70s). It was associated with the collapse of one of the Borough bridges as well.

  4. At one time Labour used to pride itself as the defender of civil liberties. I have never believed the left have really had much genuine interest in the rights and liberties of British citizens. Today has simply confirmed what I have thought in the past. The government wants to know about every aspect of our lives. Now – if it wants to – it can find out a hell of a lot more than it previously could.

  5. Andrew, sorry for the delay on your comment appearing, Akismet thought it was spam for some reason and sidelined it, I only just noticed.

  6. It shouldn’t really come as a shock the police state we live in, demands that government finds some way to curtail our free speech, or at least monitor it

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