And another thing, Orwell

The type of people who are all like Orwell this and Orwell that also big up noted rapist Arthur Koestler. If they weren’t so damn keen on using Darkness at Noon as a totem of honesty and decency, or the place where the virtues of humanity resist totalitarians of all stripes, then it wouldn’t keep bothering me so much. It’s not a point I’m comfortable making, really: as a fan of Waugh, Larkin and CĂ©line, I’m well aware that pointing fingers is identical to sitting around in my big glass house and heaving breezeblocks.