Helen Hogan

Where do you live?
Christchurch, New Zealand.

What do you do?
I am an author, an ex-lecturer at a teachers' training college. In my "retirement" I returned to university, completing a PhD
in Maori aged 72.

Do you vote?
Yes, doesn't everyone?

How long have you been a subscriber?
I have continuously subscribed to the NS since the end of 1948.

How do you read yours?
I would like to give you a romantic picture of my reading the NS, or at least an interesting, original answer. The truth is much more mundane. I read it in bed. Because of a spinal problem.

What would you like to see more of in the NS?
I love your cartoons, and could do with more of them.

Who would you put on the cover?
If I were to choose a politician who, in my opinion, was outstanding for quality of performance, ideals, character and intellect, I would choose Helen Clark, our last prime minister.

With which political figure would you least like to be stuck in a lift?
I would not enjoy sharing the lift with George Bush.

The New Statesman is . . .
A journal with a proud history.

This article first appeared in the 12 October 2009 issue of the New Statesman, Barack W Bush