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prawn cocktail offensive


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  • n. a strategy of the Labour Party in winning over important people in the world of finance


Compare charm offensive. Prawn cocktail implies taking people out for lunch. (Wiktionary)


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  • Michael Crick: '"Never has so much ermine been wasted. Never have so many stoats died in vain. Never mind jobs for the boys - under this prime minister it's stoats for the goats".

    'It was a variation on a wonderful 17-year old joke by Michael Heseltine from back before the 1992 election, when he taunted Labour leaders Neil Kinnock and John Smith for trying to woo the financial community with a series of lunches and dinners in the City of London - what became known as the prawn cocktail offensive.'

    November 20, 2009