Is it envy? Is it meanness? Is it spitefulness?
The following example has been taken from a Daily Telegraph article yesterday:
Gordon Brown’s failure to turn up for the State Opening of Parliament may well have been because he couldn’t look David Cameron in the face. Mandrake hears that one of Brown’s final acts in the Downing Street bunker was quietly to organise a pay cut for his successor which he must have known would leave him out of pocket to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
On Brown’s orders, the Prime Minister’s remuneration package was cut from £194,000 to £150,000, but this was done with such stealth that no formal announcement was ever made.
I think that this is a typical example and readers can make up their own minds. I have merely given a few ideas above.