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chum +‎ -ocracy


chumocracy (plural chumocracies)

  1. Government characterised by the appointment to public office of friends, or those of similar social background, of those in power.
    • 2016 May 21, Ian Jack, “This garden bridge is an oddity born of the chumocracy”, in The Guardian[1]:
      How thrilling it would have been [] if [Sadiq] Khan had denounced the [Thames garden] bridge in every way: [] as a symbol of the chummery – the chumocracy, even – that so offends the democratic and egalitarian traditions he is proud to represent.
    • 2021 February 22, Polly Toynbee, “The Covid contracts furore is no surprise – Britain has long been a chumocracy”, in The Guardian[2]:
      The sums are so vast, the secrecy so shocking, that “chumocracy” doesn’t begin to capture what Britain has become – redolent as we are of banana republics, the Russian oligarchy and failed states.
    • 2021 June 25, Rob Pattinson; Harry Cole, “Matt Hancock's secret affair with aide exposed after office snogs during Covid”, in The Sun[3]:
      Mr Hancock secretly appointed her [Gina Coladangelo] to his department as an unpaid adviser on a six-month contract in March last year. It sparked claims of a “chumocracy” when it became public knowledge in November.

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