noun (plural placemen)British derogatory
A person appointed to a position, especially in government service, for personal profit and as a reward for political support: he vetoed the appointment of a Labour councillor in favour of his Tory placeman
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- In this respect, the oligarchs and their political placemen who insist that their right to stolen property is sacred make the same crude claim as the regime that we overthrew: that they have an indefeasible right to the exercise of power.
- It also indicates that many Labour ministers aren't sincere believers in the Third Way, but are placemen and women interested chiefly in their careers.
- However, a new way of appointing or electing its members is required which will effectively avoid both placemen and a mix of political views which mirror the House of Commons.