There’s not much to admire about Peter Mandelson – but it would be churlish not to offer up a modest ripple for the man’s asbestos-clad, brass-necked chutzpah.
Here is someone who enjoyed lording it in his role as an unelected commissioner in one of the world’s most undemocratic institutions – the EU.
Now, when his moment in the Brussels sun has passed, he is campaigning for a referendum to be held on Britain’s continuing membership.
It was not something he advocated while enjoying the lavish perks and lifestyle provided by his lucrative little sinecure – because he realised then, as he does now, that the British would undoubtedly vote to leave.
But the difference is that now he doesn’t really care.