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10 November 2021

Subscriber of the Week: Martin Cowles

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What do you do?

Semi-retired banker.

Where do you live?

Bishop’s Stortford – the jewel of Hertfordshire.

Do you vote?

Yes, unenthusiastically.

How long have you been a subscriber?


What made you start?

My daughter – she has a vested interest.

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Is the NS bug in the family?

Two down, two to go.

What pages do you flick to first?

I have a catch-up with Lezard.

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How do you read yours?

On Friday with gin. On Saturday with coffee and a headache.

What would you like to see more of in the NS?

Political history.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Philip Collins, Jonathan Powell, Michael Prodger, John Burnside.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

Frank Field.

With which political figure would you least like to be stuck in a lift?

Nicola Sturgeon.

All-time favourite NS article?

John Gray on Covid and the “turning point in history”.

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An escape from the echo chamber.

This article appears in the 10 Nov 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Behind the Masks