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



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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