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By Prospect   August 2012

Politics Rachel Sylvester

The New Few: Or a Very British Oligarchy by Ferdinand Mount (Simon & Schuster, £18.99)

This is supposed to be the age of individual autonomy and mass democracy, an era when the internet has distributed power more widely than ever, with diplomacy conducted via Twitter and celebrities created overnight on TV. But Ferdinand Mount’s theory is that Britain is in fact in the hold of an oligarchy which is concentrating influence and wealth to an unprecedented and dangerous extent in the hands of the few, not the many.

Weaving politics and big business, bankers’ bonuses and media…

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