For better or worse, the mysterious craft of the political lobbyist is here to stay
"Those who do not use local guides cannot take advantage of the ground." – Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Whilst I have never been a lobbyist, I can now confess that as a former government press secretary and government advisor I have indeed been "lobbied". The initial experience was so subtle that had I not been in possession of my full faculties I may have missed the episode entirely.
And so, as one of the chosen few from the corridors of power to have been shined upon in this way by a lobbyist, I feel morally obliged to enlighten you poor unfortunates who remain mystified by the dark and mysterious underworld of the loquacious lobbyist.