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5 January 2022

Subscriber of the Week: Brian Jones

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What do you do?

Semi-retired lecturer and trustee of Anheddau Cyf.

Where do you live?

Near Caernarfon, north Wales.

Do you vote?

Always, but not always the same way.

How long have you been a subscriber?

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Since around 1982.

What made you start?

Reading references to the NS in the Guardian.

Is the NS bug in the family?

Only my wife! As in “Have you seen my copy…?”

What pages do you flick to first?

A quick skim, then the critics.

How do you read yours?

Bit by bit over the week.

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

Welsh independence.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Rowan Williams, John Gray, Jeremy Cliffe.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

Thomas Paine in discussion with Montesquieu.

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

Andrew RT Davies.

All-time favourite NS article?

A critique of our constitution by Tom Nairn in the late 1980s.

The New Statesman is…

an education in itself.

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This article appears in the 05 Jan 2022 issue of the New Statesman, Johnson's Last Chance