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24 January 2024

Subscriber of the week: Geoff Wilson

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What do you do?

Retired electrical engineer and sport governing-body CEO.

Where do you live?

The Eden Valley, Cumbria.

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How long have you been a subscriber?

Four years.

What made you start?

Preparing for a long hospital stay, I opted for the NS over the Spectator.

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Is the NS bug in the family?

My wife often reads articles.

What pages do you flick to first?

Leader, Q&A, Nick Lezard.

How do you read yours?

Over lunch on Thursday; over breakfast Friday to Monday.

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

More pieces that explain why things are as they are.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Howard Jacobson, Rowan Williams, Katie Stallard.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

Rory Stewart.

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

Any politician who claims to “always do the right thing”.

All-time favourite NS article?

“The death of ‘Boris’ the Clown” by Edward Docx.

The New Statesman is…

more fulfilling than a daily newspaper.

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This article appears in the 24 Jan 2024 issue of the New Statesman, The Tory Media Wars