I know this blog is meant to celebrate the vicissitudes of the English language, but I would just like to spice it up with a foreign offering, which I discovered this summer and I think trumps its English counterpart, "champagne socialist."
The much chic-er French version, in my view, is "gauche caviar."
The Yanks apparently use "limousine liberal" or even "mastercard marxist." So obvious, darling.
We British, meanwhile, continue to flaunt the national propensity for booze with the alternative, "bollinger bolshevik."
Whichever you prefer, these days, when even the Conservatives are banned from drinking champagne, all suggest a bygone age of political glamour. Now it's all spending cuts, tax increases and concern for the environment. Yawn.
Meanwhile, I expect the French of both sides are still utterly unapologetically eating caviar (and quaffing champagne).
A sturgeon moving towards the left