cakeism

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Etymology[edit]

From cake +‎ -ism, referring to have one's cake and eat it too.

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Noun[edit]

cakeism (uncountable)

  1. (UK politics) The doctrine of having one's cake and eating it too, particularly regarding the UK’s approach to Brexit negotiations and subsequent deliberations.
    • 2017, The New European, "The delusions of Cakeism", Bonnie Greer, 15 September 2017
      What is now known as “cakeism” – the idea that the UK can have everything it wants merely because it wants it – is becoming, like climate-change denial, the subject of rational discussion.
    • 2018, The Guardian, "David Davis's petulant leaked letter is the latest slice of Brexit cakeism", Jonathan Lis, 10 January 2018
      The letter is the latest blatant example of British cakeism.
    • 2021, The Guardian, "The dishonesty of Boris Johnson has finally infected the entire government", Jonathan Freedland, 19 November 2021
      The government has adopted Johnson's notorious attitude to cake – wanting to have it and to eat it – and made cakeism its defining creed.
    • 2021, The Guardian, "The Tories said we could have our cake and eat it – now they are stuffed and voters are hungry", Rafael Behr, 22 December 2021
      Cakeism is not a formula that works in government because, in reality, the cake has to be rationed and people notice.
    • 2022, The Guardian, "Brexit legacy is just the start of incoming PM's problems as cost of living crisis spirals", Will Hutton, 10 July 2022
      "Cakeism" has run riot — vast, incoherent ambitions detached from political, economic and business realities.

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