The Overlooked Semi-Colon

In a previous quote from Drew Belsky I overlooked the fact that a sentence of his illustrated the correct use of a semi-colon as a punctuation mark almost as strong as a period – something all too often not seen in modern writing.

Here it is again:

“our liberal counterparts are agitating twenty-four hours a day for the destruction of  use of the semi-what we love.  They can afford to; too often, the government pays them to do it.”

Those of you who care about such things will recall that George Orwell inveighed against any use of the semi-colon although more in sadness than stridency.