The Septics, of course, have helped immeasurably in changing British attitudes to wealth amassed by 'self-made men'. By offering us hip, approachable tycoons in Walmart jeans, traditional British prejudice against those whose talent, ingenuity, creativity and drive have allowed them to get rich has declined dramatically. However, none of this applies to those 'spivs' such as Mandelson.
Mandelson has a record of lying, corruption and bent dealings, of distortion, obfuscation and misrepresentation, in regard to the sources of his money. Like Blair, he is a deeply amoral creature, and little money seems too filthy, too tainted or too corrupt for Mandelson's greed. All of this is detailed in the Mail today by Peter Oborne and Richard Heller.
And Mandelson is a superb proxy for his 'mafia' family, the EU. The EU also has a record of lying, corruption and bent dealings, of distortion, obfuscation and misrepresentation in regard to its accounts. Auditors have for years refused to recognise the fiction of public accounts that the EU produces; if the EU were a UK taxpayer, it would long ago have been sent to prison.
In this instance Mandelson and the EU are perfectly matched; their fiduciary affairs stink, and neither can be trusted further than one can spit.