Redhill, SE England -Dec 2010
Below is an extract from an unreleased version of 1984 by George Orwell . It details the interrogation of Winston Smith by Comrade Al Gore at The Ministry of Global Warming .
Winston looked at the impassive figure of Gore and remembered the three slogans of The Ministry of Global Warming :
COLD IS WARM
WEATHER IS NOT CLIMATE
CARBON TRADING IS NOT A SCAM
Winston said : “But surely Cold is Cold and Warm is Warm” .
Gore looked at Smith sympathetically : “If we decide Cold is Warm, then Cold is Warm . Every year will become the warmest year ever, even if there is six foot snow outside . The data will show an eternal upward temperature increase and you will come to believe in Global Warming”
Gore continued : “I am taking trouble with you Winston, because you are worth trouble . You know perfectly well what is the matter with you . You have known it for years, though you have fought against the knowledge . You are mentally deranged”
“Do you remember writing in your diary Freedom is the Freedom to say two plus two makes four”
Gore held up his left hand, its back extended towards Winston with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended :
“How many fingers am I holding up Winston ?”
“Four” replied Winston
“And if the Ministry says that it is not four but five – then how many ?”
“Five” said Winston
“And if the Ministry says Cold is Warm, what is the weather”
“Warm” Winston replied .
“You asked me once ” said Gore ” What was in Room 101 . I told you that you knew the answer already . Everyone knows it . The thing in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world . The worst thing in the world varies from individual to individual . It may be burial alive or death by fire or by drowning”
“In your case the worst thing in the world happens to be Polar bears – Polar bears on ice floes”
A sort of preminitory tremor, a fear of which he was not certain had passed through Winston . His bowels seemed to turn to water .
“You can’t do that . You couldn’t, you couldn’t . It’s sick” screamed Winston .
Winston stared at Gore in horror and thought ‘ Cold is Warm, Weather is not Climate …..’