Auberon Waugh

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Auberon Waugh in the 1980s

Auberon Waugh (17 November 193916 January 2001) was an English journalist and author who was the son of Evelyn Waugh.


  • Politics, as I never tire of saying, is for social and emotional misfits, handicapped folk, those with a grudge. The purpose of politics is to help them overcome these feelings of inferiority and compensate for their personal inadequacies in the pursuit of power.
  • Of the two crises facing us this Christmas — the caviare crisis and the Gulf crisis — I must admit finding the caviare crisis the more immediate. Many people — including children — are actually having to do without any caviare at all this Christmas.
  • I don't want 'constructive criticism'. I want praise.
    • Cited in The Times Literary Supplement (6 March 2009)

About Waugh[edit]

  • With allies in the class struggle like Auberon Waugh the middle class has no need of enemies. Last night ATV transmitted the third and last programme in his series This is Waugh, in which he pleads for his right to go on living in the large and comfortable country house his father left him in Somerset, while the workers go on doing their own thing somewhere as far away as possible.
  • It has been heartbreaking to see a legitimate and important cause—the survival of the middle class ethic—defended three weeks running by a procession of utterly unsympathetic nutters.

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