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Let them eat cake.

Prov. A joking disclaimer of responsibility for some group of people. (Supposed to have been said by Marie Antoinette when she heard that the common people had no bread.) Fred: The budget will allow each one of our managers to get a substantial holiday bonus. Jane: And what about the rest of the employees? Fred: Let them eat cake!
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Meanwhile, over on BBC1 French and Saunders are proving that girls can make naff sitcoms too with Let Them Eat Cake.
Of the poor she said: "If they have no bread, let them eat cake.
Let Them Eat Cake, a six-part sitcom set on the eve of the French Revolution, is described as "murder, scandal and lots of rumpo involving mad aristocrats in the court of Louis XVI" and begins next month.
Spectacular science series Walking With Dinosaurs, new French and Saunders sitcom Let Them Eat Cake and a trilogy of programmes about war throughout the century are some of the highlights of the coming BBC1 season.
LET THEM EAT CAKE From left, Julie Moorhouse, Quorum Business Park; Denise Marshall, CoffeeGiant and Jane Curry, Macmillan Cancer Support
LET THEM EAT CAKE Finlay Dodds, six, at yesterday's launch.
And, if the caloric demands start to get to you, perhaps you should remember some famous historical advice and let them eat cake.
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Wherever I've been in Africa there's always been air-conditioning, fresh paint and dancing natives; (c) Let them eat cake.
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The pair have teamed up for their first sitcom together in BBC1's Let Them Eat Cake.
Then let them eat cake," was her answer to the problem.
The less than wonderful Let Them Eat Cake may have been commissioned for a second series on BBC1, but as a sitcom - in other words a programme you feel urged to laugh at - the French court farce was a disaster.
DAWN French was at her funniest putting her obvious charms up for grabs in Let Them Eat Cake (BBC1).