My two previous articles covered Nanny's pathetic attempts to change the English language, in order to control our thoughts.
Orwell, in his classic "1984", warned us of a time when a totalitarian regime would seek to control people's thoughts by expunging the language of "unnecessary" words.
After all, if you don't have words you don't have the ability to think do you?
Aldous Huxley, in his book "Brave New World", also warned of a society where the state controlled people's lives. This time not so much by "wordspeak", but by social and genetic engineering; whereby society was engineered into various groups: alpha, beta, delta and gamma.
Needless to say the alphas were on top, whilst the gammas were given the short end of the stick. They were limited in their intelligence, and their education was kept to a minimum.
The state used a mixture of drugs and mind numbing programming to ensure that the various groups were kept pacified.
Doesn't this sound a little familiar?
I hear you say.
Ken you exaggerate, surely?
I watched Newsnight (ooh a link, that's rare!) on Thursday evening, and saw a report about the Britannia Village Primary School in East London.
Only Nanny would use the obviously daft word of "village", to describe a school in the East End of London.
The new Headmistress of this school, is fed up with the lousy literacy levels of her pupils, and has decided to abandon Nanny's prescription of the National Literacy Strategy and opt for phonics teaching.
I wish her well, she has an uphill task.
You see Ladies and Gentlemen (oops I used a proscribed word again!), the children featured in the report (see it via this link Britannia) could not even read words such as:
They could not even pronounce the letter "D".
Read the above again, and weep, then read it again just to make sure your really have taken it in.
By the way, in case you think that maybe the children were too young to be able to tackle such difficult words as cat, you need to know that they were between 7-9 years old.
I had read Jane Eyre twice by the time I was 8.
Something has gone very wrong with our education system, to allow this state of affairs to exist.
Nanny claims to care, but does she really?
You see, if the children cannot read basic words, how can they possibly think for themselves.
They will grow into adults with no skills, abilities or ambitions. They will become totally reliant on Nanny to feed and house them.
Nanny will keep them pacified by ensuring that they can continue to watch mindless cack, such as Big Brother and East Enders.
In short we are already living in a hybrid of "1984" and "Brave New World".
Meanhwile Nanny continues to concentrate on the important issues, such as banning the use of the word "ladies".