Peter Hitchens Wins the Orwell Prize for Journalism
"This was the one prize I had always wanted, as someone who has steeped himself in Orwell since the age of 15 and regards him as the pattern of honest writing," he writes— Smelly Little Orthodoxies. "Because Orwell was of the Left (though a very troubled and troublesome member of that movement) he is regarded by many on the modern left as their perpetual property," says the recipient of the prize's namesake. "I disagree. I think Orwell belongs to the truth, not to the left."