champagne socialist

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champagne socialist

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a professed socialist who enjoys an extravagant lifestyle
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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.
But, as your cowardly columnist prepared to quietly retreat from what the Red Lion lot call my 'champagne socialism',' an act of internet piracy intervened.
Castrate What's really scary is that the people who line up to accuse Brand of hypocrisy and "champagne socialism" are the same ones who whine about the "politics of envy" whenever anyone less minted makes similar suggestions.
Tony Benn was the living, breathing definition of champagne socialism.
The recent debacle over the 10p tax threshold is a delicious example of "champagne socialism".
Champagne Socialism is now a stark reality and no longer a simple jibe.
'Champagne Socialism' was in full force at the New Statesman Party
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.
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.
To the Birmingham press (fiercely loyal to the Chamberlains) Mosley represented 'champagne socialism', radical politics without roots.
"Minority Report" columnist Christopher Hitchens anticipates vigorous poolside polemics, waving off charges of "champagne socialism" as "sneers that belong on the small-minded right."