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28 July 2021

Subscriber of the Week: James Southern

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By New Statesman

What do you do?

I’m a researcher for the UK government.

Where do you live?

Oxted, Surrey.

Do you vote?

Yes, always.

How long have you been a subscriber?

A year or so, but I’m a long-term reader.

What made you start?

The volume of NS podcasts and articles I was listening to or reading. It made sense.

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Is the NS bug in the family?


What pages do you flick to first?

I’m a cover-to-cover reader.

How do you read yours?

Saturday mornings, with coffee, while my wife sleeps.

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

History, architecture, nature.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Stephen Bush, Louise Perry, John Gray.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

Marcus Rashford.

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

Chris Grayling, who would undoubtedly be responsible.

All-time favourite NS article?

 “Digging” – Seamus Heaney.

The New Statesman is…

Vital to my mental and emotional well-being. 

This article appears in the 28 Jul 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Summer special