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6 July 2022

Subscriber of the Week: Murna Downs

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Retired academic.

Where do you live?

West Yorkshire.

Do you vote?

Yes, for the good guys.

How long have you been a subscriber?

Three years, and I read it when in college in Dublin in the 1970s.

What made you start?

The critical perspective on corrupt institutions.

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Poem (if there is one); Nicholas Lezard; Andrew Marr.

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When I get up in the middle of the night.

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

Irish books and theatre.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Rachel Cunliffe, Andrew Marr, Nicholas Lezard.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

Jess Phillips.

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

Michael Gove.

All-time favourite NS article?

Rachel Cunliffe on marriage.

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a breath of fresh air.

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This article appears in the 06 Jul 2022 issue of the New Statesman, The Last Days of Boris Johnson