The New Few

Or a Very British Oligarchy

The New Few

This was supposed to be the era when democracy came into its own, but instead power and wealth in Britain have slowly been consolidated the hands of a small elite, while the rest of the country struggles financially and switches off politically. We are now ruled by a gang of fat-cats with fingers in every pie who squabble for power among themselves while growing richer. Bored with watching corrupt politicians jockeying for power, ordinary Britons are feeling disconnected from politics and increasingly cynical about the back-scratching relationship between politicians and big business.

The New Fewshows us what has led to this point, and asks the critical questions: whyhas Britain become a more unequal society over the past thirty years? Whyhave the banks been bailed out with taxpayers' money, while bankers are still receiving huge bonuses? Why have those responsible not been held accountable for the financial crash? Why has power in Britain become so concentrated in the hands of corrupt politicians who have been exposed cheating their constituents in the expenses scandal? Despite this bleak diagnosis, there are solutions to the rise of the new ruling class in the modern West. The New Few sets out some of the ways in which we can restore our democracy, bringing back real accountability to British business and fairness to our society.
  • Simon & Schuster UK | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781847378002 | 
  • April 2012
List Price £18.99


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About the Author

Ferdinand Mount

Ferdinand Mount

Ferdinand Mount is a prizewinning novelist, essayist and political journalist. He was editor of the Times Literary Supplement for over a decade and before that Head of the Downing Street Policy Unit. His political columns in the Spectator, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times were required reading in the 80s and 90s. Since then he has published a dazzling memoir Cold Cream, the controversial polemic The New Few and a bestselling history of the British in India, The Tears of the Rajas. He was born in 1939 and lives in North London.