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Billy Bragg, a folk-punk performer. Best known in England for espousing the virtues of being a working class man and then moving the fuck out of his blue collar 'hood in Essex asap. Certainly a fine musician, widely acclaimed for killer albums such as Back to Basics and his respectable tributes to Joe Strummer (of the only band that matters, the ClashTM), he is fond of "pontificating on a South London council estate when we all know he lives in a lovely big house in West Dorset".
GI Dave: OMG Billy Bragg! Dude, I'm your biggest fan!

SJ: OMG PLUS ME TOO!

GI Dave: You should come play at our school's music festival Culture Shock in April!

Billy Bragg: I would love to but unfortunately April is the month that I arbitrarily fire half of my waiting/serving staff at home and hire new servants that I can pay less. If Joe Strummer were alive I would recommend you to him because he squatted almost his whole life and definitely never lived in Dorset. However, he's dead so you'll probably have to go watch some totally unremarkable over-hyped hipster headliner for Culture Shock.

GI Dave: man, CL was totally right, you really are such a champagne socialist.
by ChristaLea November 23, 2007

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A champagne socialist is someone who talks about and identifies themselves as being someone on the left wing, for example a socialist or communist, but lives a life of indulgence in extremely trivial and material things.
"Dave told me he's a socialist the other day"

"ha, yeah, a champagne socialist more like. Have you seen his new iphone?"
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Namely, any person, be it a celebrity, musician, writer or politician (commonly), who nominally espouse the virtues of Socialism and champion the hardships of living a down-to-earth existence among the disenfranchised and down-trodden of society, yet, actually holiday half of the year on plush islands, accept honours from the Queen and rub shoulders with the affluent over horderves.

These people are generally bleeding-heart Liberals on the outside, relishing the reflective glory of the appearance of being sympathetic to the plight of the working man, yet, when they are confronted with genuine poverty and urban degradation, choose to live far away in the country where the smell can't get to them.

The syndrome can be explained in the maxim, “If you're not a socialist at the age of 20 you have no heart. If you're not a conservative at the age of 40, you have no brain.", only that a true Champagne Socialist is a person who fails to admit their obvious contradiction in the hopes no-one will notice they went to Eaton or have reneged on all their radical convictions by becoming a rich git (who won't share their money) by adhering to Capitalist/Conservative principles.

These people are commonly found in the Arts.
Person A: Did you hear, that Russell Brand wants to start a Socialist Revolution and dismantle the status quo?

Person B: The twat lives in an expensive penthouse apartment in London and is worth millions.
Person A: Yeah, but that doesn't....
Person B: If he really wanted to tax the rich and redistribute wealth he'd start with himself. But, has he fuck?
Person A: I think you are being a little un...
Person B: Nope. He's a Champagne Socialist, Malcolm. He doesn't believe any of that claptrap. He just wants to appear like he does.
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