I suppose TV and films have always got it a bit wrong: they've always imagined the voice of totalitarianism and overarching state authority to be booming, scary, RP and male. Even the Mysterons in Captain Scarlett sounded like some toff straight out of Rada projecting to the dress circle.
Whereas of course it wouldn't be like that at all. If you really wanted to indoctrinate people using a voice, you'd use Jane Horrocks - sweet, friendly, Lancastrian, nice. And that's exactly what the Government is doing.
First she turns up on those Learn Direct adverts, each of which is so laughably implausible as to be verging on self-parody. "John was a security guard with no skills or qualifications, and he decided he wanted to be the CEO of a multinational company, so he did a course and then two days later he was!" chirps Horrocks. Is there a single person in the world who actually believes her when she comes out with that shit? No, probably not, but I suppose people accept it a little more when it's coming from nice Jane Horrocks than they would from anyone else.
Then she turns up on my radio. "The DVLA are reasonable people," she purrs. "But if you don't pay your car tax THEN THEY CAN CRUSH YOUR CAR, RAPE YOUR CHILDREN AND BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE WITH YOU INSIDE IT!" OK, I admit, I exaggerate a little bit there, but it's not a million miles away from the truth, is it?
When there's an announcement on the radio asking Jews to wear yellow stars and trade unionists to put red triangles on, I think you know who'll be making it.