Kim Jong-Il’s Orwellian Truman Show Nightmare

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Peter Hitchens visits North Korea:


But where Orwell’s ministry was a glittering white, the abandoned Ryugyong Hotel is a dingy dun-brown, its hundreds of glassless windows like sockets gazing at what its maker, the Great Leader Kim Il Sung, has wrought.

Every machine in the country is close to breakdown. This even affects parts of the system that are on show.

Every radio and television has its tuning dial soldered so that it can receive only North Korean signals. Inspectors visit frequently to check that nobody has tampered with this mental barricade