So, then, a poll to find the UK’s most influential man. On the panel are important citizens including PR mastermind Matthew Freud, Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti, Sir Philip Green, Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre, president of the Royal Society Sir Paul Nurse, Richard Branson and co-director of the Serpentine Gallery Hans Ulrich Obrist.
A spokesman for GQ told the Daily Telegraph that list featured a large proportion of old-Etonians and wealthy figures ‘who were more guarded about their private lives after the explosion of web gossips who discussed the details of the rich and famous.’
She added: ‘Untrammelled power like that wielded by Rupert Murdoch is replaced by institutional scrutiny and new-media guruism. In reaction there has been a resurgence of the old guard – former Etonians dominate public life once more, including the mayor of London, the archbishop of Canterbury and the prime minister.’