Elites are perennial, George Walden argues. What matters is who they are and ours is the first era where we are ruled by elites in disguise. Far from being classless, or a functioning meritocracy, Britain is dominated by an oligarchy of professional egalitarians. Their aim is not to raise popular aspirations but to exploit mass taste, mass gullibility or mass spending power for their own advantages. As Walden mercilessly shows, their populism is in fact 'a perversion of democracy, the sickness of the age'.