The leader of the Popular Party, the main opposition force in Spain, starred in an anthological furcio. Alberto Nunez Feijoo claimed that George Orwell wrote a dystopia “back in the year 84”confusing the name of the famous novel 1984 with the year it was written: 1948. Orwell reversed the last two figures when he published it in 1949.
The conservative leader spoke at the World Youth Leadership Forum and focused on a passage in his speech on the concept of post-truth. “We can place the birth of post-truth in that dystopia written by Orwell back in 1984 which, as you know, describes a totalitarian regime in all its crudeness”.
The Spanish press and the networks echoed Núñez Feijóo’s furcio at the forum held in the city of Santander. The opposition leader himself had to come out to talk about the subject with a certain amount of humor and without apologizing.. She did it by retweeting a meme based on an image from the movie Return to the futureone of the many jokes that circulated.
“Whether one gets confused with the title of an Orwell book or with the country of Africa in which it is, it is clear that we are all wrong.” A) Yes, threw a dart at the socialist government with his allusion to Africa, since during Pedro Sánchez’s tour of the continent, the president of the Spanish government thanked the hospitality of the “President of Senegal” when I was in Kenya. Senegal is not even part of his itinerary.
The curious fact is that Orwell fought in the Spanish Civil War alongside the Republicansan experience that he captured in his book Tribute to Cataloniawritten before 1984 and his other emblematic work, the anti-Stalinist satire Rebelion on the farm. To defend the concept of truth against the lies of post-truth, was misquoted by a candidate for the government of Spain who heads the party in which the Francoist right was recycledwinner of the war in 1939.
Now, the big question after such a blunder is whether Núñez Feijóo read 1984. While the gaffe It leaves him at the level of Carlos Menem, a reader of the works of Socrates and the novels of Jorge Luis Borges.