Labour socialists complained of the arrogance, "superior attitude," (201) and sense of entitlement of these "petit-bourgeois interlopers" (307) who returned from Oxford (where some were seduced by the champagne socialism
of Sir Stafford Cripps and the Socialist League), slipped smoothly into leadership positions, and administered top-down discipline for political misdemeanours they could barely comprehend to socialist veterans whose names they didn't know.
Tony Benn was the living, breathing definition of champagne socialism
is now a stark reality and no longer a simple jibe.
In this context Jennie Lee's 'candid' account looks like an attempt to ensure historians would not reveal the kernel of truth to the jibes about their champagne socialism
for the few, increasing impoverishment for the many, with ever more taxes imposed on them.
It is kind of champagne socialism
because it is of a wine glass.
But there is one area where my Champagne Socialism
causes me mental conflict.
The passion he showed for the causes he believed in is unlikely to be matched in these days of New Labour and champagne socialism
He has learnt what most of us already know - Labour Party politics and champagne socialism