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20 October 2021

Subscriber of the Week: David Oliver

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What do you do?

Retired headteacher; ceilidh band accordionist.

Where do you live?

Hexham, Northumberland.

Do you vote?

Yes, always.

How long have you been  a subscriber?

About seven years.

What made you start?

My daughters gave  me a gift subscription for Christmas.

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Nigel Farage.

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“Murder By Numbers” by Laurie Penny, post-Grenfell.

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This article appears in the 20 Oct 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Twilight of the West