Saturday, December 30, 2017


Catastrophe Would Surely Result

Auberon Waugh (1939-2001), "Why it is so important that nobody pays attention to journalists," Spectator (May 28, 1988):
My proposed solutions to the various problems which beset the country are intended as suggestions to be thrown around in the various clubs, pubs and dining rooms where Englishmen (oh Yes, and foreign women, too) gather to discuss these things. If the Government adopted even a tenth of them, catastrophe would surely result.
The role of journalists is to ridicule, humiliate and generally torment politicians, pour scorn on anything they propose to do and laugh at them when they do it. We should never, never, never suggest new ways for them to spend money or taxes they could increase, or new laws they could pass.

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