The influence game is hardwired into human nature. Evidence of that dates back to Eve, Adam, God, and the snake. Eve assumed she had the upper hand and had Adam take the action she wanted. Then God played a trump card and that was that for the rest of us. That's part of the reason we had to go through the pain of this recent downturn instead of laying back in the garden of paradise and not having to earn a living.
Given the ongoing investigations of News Corp's business practices, those involved in the top levels of influencing will be more circumspect and cautious. Currently, reports Bloomberg, former News Corp bigs Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are testifying in the UK. What's obvious, even though Brooks is answering a lot of "can't recalls," is the close relationship of that media property with prime minister David Cameron. Yes, he was on the receiving end of favors such as use of a horse and a plane. In the future, no politico or businesspeople will ever allow themselves to give such a blatant appearance of being buddies.
C.L. Lewis observed that experience is a brutal teacher but we learn, god, we learn. The government in the UK is learning much. Around the world, businesses are poring over the records of who ate with who and who paid for it and the guest lists for the corporate jets.