NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
20th March, 1937 : George Orwell took a journey into the heart of depressed Britain last year and the result is The Road to Wigan Pier – an unsparing report of the life of the unemployed with descriptions of the squalor in the lodgings where he stayed over a tripe shop and a long polemical essay about the need of the “lower upper-middle class”, as he describes himself, to embrace the working man and socialism. His problem in doing so is other socialists, whom he sees as “vegetarian cranks in sandals”.
[And they are still the problem, even though they managed to infitrate various governments, where they punish the workers for not being “enlightened” enough. Refer to the comrade Lee Rhiannon, for example.]