I'm all right, Jack

I'm all right, Jack

The notion of self-centered complacency, i.e., of being satisfied or happy with one's circumstances, and thus unconcerned with anyone else's. Often used as a modifier before a noun, though typically not hyphenated. Primarily heard in UK. What's most interesting is that people who get supplementary income from the government are more likely to have an "I'm all right, Jack" attitude about welfare, tending to oppose broadening the scope to include others who earn less money each week, or none at all.
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I'm all right, Jack

People say I'm all right, Jack to mean that their own situation is good and they do not care about anyone else. It's easy to think only of yourselves, say `I'm all right Jack' and sign the contract. Note: I'm all right, Jack is used before nouns to describe this kind of attitude. That's a bit of an I'm all right Jack attitude isn't it?
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I'm all right, Jack

used to express or comment upon selfish complacency. informal
I'm all right, Jack was an early 20th-century catchphrase which became the title of a 1959 British film.
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I’m all ˈright, Jack

(British English, informal) used by or about somebody who is happy with their own life and does not care about other people’s problems: He has a typical ‘I’m all right, Jack’ attitude — as long as he’s doing well he doesn’t care about anyone else.
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The second picture however owes more to the 1959 British comedy I'm All Right, Jack, starring Peter Sellers as bolshie shop steward Fred Kite.
I'M ALL RIGHT, JACK Late-flowering clematis, such as Jackmanii, can be trained into shrubs, trees and climbing roses, as they don't burden the host in spring.
Do I smell a bit of I'm all right, Jack, from some parts of this council, as it is our taxpayers' money you are spending on yourselves.
STEPHEN McGINN has a short, sharp message for the grandfather who is concerned about the family name hindering his football career: I'm all right, Jack.
He also starred in a number of highly influential films, however, films such as I'm All Right, Jack, which was credited with contributing to the Conservatives' landslide UK election victory in 1959, as well as two films for the now-legendary director, Stanley Kubrick: Lolita and Dr Strangelove.
He particularly enjoyed the teamings of Peter Sellers with his inevitable foil, the Welshman Kenneth Griffith, in such gems as the Boultings' I'm All Right, Jack (1959) and Heavens Above
This barrier was built in the 1980s, so maybe it's a case of I'm all right, Jack and to the hell with the rest of you.
Hugely enjoyable satirical comedy from the Boulting brothers, introducing characters later immortalised in I'm All Right, Jack, starring Ian Carmichael, Richard Attenborough and Dennis Price.
Summoning up the I'm All Right, Jack mentality at its worst, the leaders of the GMB insist they will call a strike if their members are asked to increase contributions a to their own pensions.