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placeman

(ˈpleɪsmən)
n, pl -men
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) derogatory Brit a person who holds a public office, esp for private profit and as a reward for political support
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Noun1.placeman - a disparaging term for an appointee
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
appointee - an official who is appointed
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placeman

[ˈpleɪsmæn] N (placemen (pl)) (Brit) (pej) → adlátere mf, hombre m de confianza
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In 18th-century Britain, the crown could with ease command the votes of a couple of hundred placemen in the House of Commons.
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Thanks to the co-operative values and their people-centric role, the co-op banks were mismanaged and corrupt organisations driven to bankruptcy by the political parties and their inadequate placemen that were in charge.
He chose to use the opportunity to put his own unelected placemen there.
It is time to get rid of all these oddball little parties that have no consequence, those that ensure the Establishment, regardless of what party is in, get their placemen into power, as the main parties just swap sides of the House at each election, yet nothing changes.
Sadly, some of the honours have become debased, going to political placemen and rich Tory backers.
Mr Wishart accused the PM of being "hell-bent on increasing this bizarre bloated institution even further, stuffing it even more full of Tory placemen and donors," adding: "The public are growing angrier by the day by the antics of those who inhabit this gold-plated, red-upholstered Narnia.
Run by incompetent and corrupt placemen, large areas of the economy are in a state of collapse.
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Their letter goes on to warn: "It is because Welsh Government and NHS employers have repeatedly failed to heed our professional warnings that all is not well with NHS Wales and our belief that their continuing attempts to marginalise the views of individual doctors, as well as trying to replace established clinical consultation/advice arrangements with appointed placemen, will be ultimately detrimental to the future of our NHS in Wales.
In "Precedents," Raphael travels the familiar road from American monarchism at 1750, through its opposition to programs by Parliament and placemen, to the rejection of the king in the Declaration of Independence, followed by the creation of strong state governments with varying forms of executives, bound together loosely by a weak confederation with no executive (and no governing power, for that matter).
Party leaders David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband sparked anger when they added another 30 peers to a House of Lords already swollen with political cronies, financial backers and placemen.