Stephen Harper announced on Monday that he will be taking legal action against the estate of George Orwell. In this unprecedented libel lawsuit, Stephen Harper is seeking damages from Orwell posthumously for defamation of character. Harper claims that Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 contains too many parallels to the more modern “Harper Government”.
When asked to elaborate on this extraordinary claim, Harper said, “Read it for yourself, it’s all in there: the crack-down on legitimate dissent, internet monitoring, censorship, determents to free love, all hidden in hollow euphemisms. The only thing Orwell got wrong is the date.”
Early disclosure of the legal evidence contains a document dated February 9th, 2012. In this document “Public Safety Minister” Vic Toews, of the Harper Government’s Inner Party, was quoted stating that they would now “target not only known terrorist groups but ‘vulnerable individuals’ who could be drawn into politically inspired violence.” Orwell describes the practice of targeting innocent people on the grounds of what they might do as “crimethink,” to be ruthlessly enforced by the Thought Police.