champagne socialist


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champagne socialist

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a professed socialist who enjoys an extravagant lifestyle
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Phil Bull, a champagne socialist who would contemplate form while lying in his bath for hours and won enough on one race to set up his mistress and their two children for life
Amazingly, after the war Nancy, by now a bestselling novelist and champagne socialist, and Diana became the best of friends once more and neighbours in Paris.
The self-styled champagne socialist often started his day with a glass of bubbly and, even when wheelchair-bound in old age, continued to write profusely.
A champagne socialist who happens to make his living writing fiction pens a scurrilous article for a Sunday newspaper and is suddenly treated with a reverence previously reserved for the Queen Mother and Harry Potter.
What kind of redefinition of need that amounts to among the Champagne Socialist Luvvies of the new Labour Party, I know not.
I note that our champagne socialist did not offer to turn down or reduce his extremely generous extra pounds 14,000 which would constitute a yearly wage alone for many of his constituents.
But now, after 10 years which have brought 23 million album sales and a string of top 10 hits, he's about to cap his transformation into a self- proclaimed champagne socialist.
By definition there is something comical about a champagne socialist, but Follett has turned it into an art form.
Chancellor Gordon Brown's viewed as a real ale - perhaps bitter - even if he's really a champagne socialist or at least a bubbly leftie.
But it seems Jack's no champagne socialist - instead, he prefers the cheaper Cava.