The List

  • Ian Williams
Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)


Reports that Orwell compiled “the List” of people the British Labour Government should not employ for international outreach excited contumely, not least since across the English-speaking world it evoked memories of the McCarthy era in the US. However, in the context of Britain, this chapter points out that not one of those listed is known to have suffered any repercussions as a result, and points out that since many of them opposed the social democracy of the Labour government they were indeed unsuitable candidates to publicize it. One critic called Orwell a “collaborator”—which meant that he worked with a government run by his own Labour Party rather than a foreign Communist one. The actual list is attached.


George Woodcock Tribune Andrew Rubin McCarthyite collaboration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bard Center for Globalization and International AffairsManhattanUSA

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