Pigs in power

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One of my pupils has Animal Farm as a set text so I re-read it yesterday in preparation for our next lesson. I read it first as a very young teenager and it made such an impression that I rushed out and bought all the George Orwell novels that I could lay my hands on!

I had forgotten how small but perfectly formed it is as a novel! It certainly would rank very high on my ‘must read’ list so if any of you readers out there have inexplicably missed it, please put that right straight away.

It was an interesting read yesterday in the context of the media furore about Margaret Thatcher and the positives and negatives of strong leadership. This blog is probably not the place to elaborate on my views of her legacy – although I do have some rather firm ones!

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