It’s almost as if this is new......
You should have seem the New Labour one, much of which is still with us.
There is no getting away from the fact that successful people are generally successful because of their successful networking. When did the world not work this way? Isolated genius was summoned from the wilderness? I think not.
Most companies assess talent on something like Capacity, Achievement, Relationships. Engineers tend to the left, senior managers to the right. I have had to do those assessments and it’s not as hard as it sounds. It’s obvious when you see it. Some people just have it, and very few of the top ones go into politics. It doesn’t pay enough.