― MinitrueThe BBC has declined to have a statue to George Orwell, who once worked for them, erected outside its new headquarters at Oxford Circus. Why? Because he is far too ‘left wing’, at least that’s what Mark Thompson, the outgoing Director General, told Lady Joan Bakewell, herself a former beacon of the Beeb. ∙ Methinks this man doth protest too much. It’s patently obvious that he knows absolutely nothing about Orwell, nothing about his writing or the timbre of his politics. Of [...].