Mandelson as EU trade commissioner mixes with a Russian aluminium tycoon and subsequently EU aluminium tarrifs are reduced.
George Osbourne mixes with same tycoon and comes away with no donation, having asked for no donation apparently.
Yet today the press are camped outside George Osbourne's house wanting more clarification on whether he asked for a donation or not.
Gordon Brown leaves the UK with an enormous debt mountain, a plummeting pound and a recession, yet the BBC business editor Robert Peston asks more question on the Osbourne/Ruskie story.
How do they do it?