Call them champagne socialists. On the day the League of Social Democrats warned of rising unemployment and called on the government to give more money to the poor, its three lawmakers were celebrating with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot (pictured). You may have noticed that both Wong Yuk-man (centre) and 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung have put on a bit of weight since becoming legislators. Throwing bananas at top officials in air-con chambers sure burns fewer calories than protesting on streets in sweltering heat and choking air. 'I don't think we paid for the champagne,' said Mr Leung, who was not sure where the bottle came from. 'We would never waste money on expensive items. The bottle was probably a gift to Yuk-man when he was working as a radio talk-show host. Call it a legacy gift. He [Wong Yuk-man] was a rich man once.' The government, never accurate about its budget forecasts, has come up with an unexpected surplus of HK$40.3 billion. It's certainly an embarrassment of riches when officials have been preparing the public for a serious public deficit. So the League wants some of the money spent on creating a new monthly allowance of HK$3,000 for the unemployed. It is also opposing a Liberal Party-proposed scheme to give out shopping vouchers. Instead, it is demanding cash handouts, which would dip into a one-off injection of HK$9 billion into the Mandatory Provident Fund accounts of low-income earners. Certainly, the League's proposals are well-intentioned even if reasonable people may disagree. But isn't it incongruous for the high-profile leaders of the party of the poor and grass roots to celebrate with an expensive bottle with a name that most of their constituents would have trouble pronouncing?