Hard truths about honesty

Hard truths about honesty

We think we celebrate whistleblowers – until we hear the whistle being blown on our own team

‘Whistleblower” is what George Orwell called a “dying metaphor”. A good metaphor “assists thought by evoking a visual image”, he wrote - but the visual image evoked by the term whistleblower is a deeply ambivalent one, at odds with the cuddly connotations of virtue the phrase carries today.

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