It seems that George Orwell has been deemed "too left wing" for the BBC (he says, stifling an immense guffaw). George Orwell is 'too Left-wing’ for a statue, BBC tells Joan Bakewell - Telegraph Two things stick in my craw, as a licence payer. 1/. That Joan Bakewell (for whom the word "Tart" was invented) has been made a Baroness. 2/. That Mark Thompson has decided on your behalf that the greatest essay writer of his generation - regardless of one's political hue - is not worthy of permanent record on BBC premises. Off Thompson goes to a multi-million job at the New York Times. Another champagne socialist. But what he leaves behind is an utterly shallow, quivering, cowardly (and I hate the word coward, but for once, it fits) legacy about the BBC's relationship with the Daily Wail and the government. What a cock. There have been two great essayists in the last 100 years. George Orwell was one of them. The other was Christopher Hitchens. But why should the outgoing and shortly to be disgustingly rich ex Director General arise above the ignorant masses, such as myself, as well as the judgement of history and pontificate about whose statue should be on "BBC premises"? Orwell is an icon. The decision reflects the terrible problem at the heart of the BBC. Orwell is judged by his politics. Not just by that but in PR terms what his political legacy might mean for the Corporation. The fact that Orwell was a tremendous talent as a writer takes the back seat. In other words, in these difficult times, you could be George Orwell, William Shakespeare, John Milton or Andy McNab, but unless you fit the political zeitgeist, you can **** off.