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29 June 2022

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I’m an employment lawyer.

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Christchurch, New Zealand (originally and proudly from Newcastle upon Tyne).

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About five years, but a reader for 40 years.

What made you start?

The copies I found in my library were too outdated.

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In an easy chair with the cat on my knee.

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

Articles about inequality in the education system and tackling child poverty.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Gary Younge and Jonathan Liew.

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

Priti Patel.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

Chris Smalls, the president of the Amazon Labor Union.

All-time favourite NS article? 

Anything on land ownership issues by Danny Dorling.

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an ideal worth preserving. 

[ See also: Subscriber of the Week: Gaël Lescot ]

This article appears in the 29 Jun 2022 issue of the New Statesman, American Darkness