Prosperity Robinson

Viscount Goderich, Earl of Ripon, Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1823. In 1825 he boasted in the House of the prosperity of the nation, and his boast was not yet cold when the great financial crisis occurred. It was Cobbett who gave him the name of “Prosperity Robinson.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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