Editorial: It’s still who you know, not what

If we are to believe all the hype from New Labour lobbyists, we are entering a new era in which the art of fixing is dead. Rather than spending all their time lunching politicians, the new wave of lobbyists are in the board room briefing their clients on how to keep in step with the new Government, or to get out there and argue their case to the public.

If we are to believe all the hype from New Labour lobbyists, we are

entering a new era in which the art of fixing is dead. Rather than

spending all their time lunching politicians, the new wave of lobbyists

are in the board room briefing their clients on how to keep in step with

the new Government, or to get out there and argue their case to the

public.



So far most of the publicity about the likes of Lawson, Lucas and

Mendelsohn has centred on their impeccable New Labour credentials - and

their impressive CVs. The danger is, that as long as they trade - or are

perceived to trade - on their contacts we will have made no progress. It

will still be a case of who rather than what you know.



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