A devilish venality …

Venality …

  1. The quality or fact of being for sale.
  2. The quality of being venal; readiness to give support or favour in return for profit or reward; prostitution of talents or principles for mercenary considerations.

Perhaps not what you would want in your eulogy.

Besides highlighting his corruptibility Paul Keating also suggested that Neville Wran had a “PhD in poetic profanity”.

Poor Neville, I guess that was the eulogy he had to have.