In his seminal manual on governance, 1984, the political scientist George Orwell instructed those who would have absolute power to have hate as a key tool and to prime it often.
Those who are in power have heeded Orwell’s instruction well and Hate Week is upon us once more.
This week we are expected to hate two groups of people. We are expected to hate families with more that two children who need assistance from the State to get by. And we are expected to hate families with children who are here because they need refuge.
My neighbour says there's a good chance the State will be sending doctors into the streets next week to sterilise people from these families.
My neighbour says there's a chance the State will be rounding up people from these families and forcing them into work camps.
My neighbour is not sure which, between the mass sterilisation and the work camps, is going to come first.