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19 April 2023

Subscriber of the week: Anita Pollack

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Retired author and ex-MEP.

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Forest Gate, east London.

Do you vote?

Always Labour.

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More than 25 years.

What made you start?

I needed an interesting way to stay informed on politics.

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Nicholas Lezard, Jeremy Cliffe, Kevin Maguire.

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More women.

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Nigel Farage.

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So many over so long. One good one was Barbara Castle on the EU in 1982.

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This article appears in the 19 Apr 2023 issue of the New Statesman, Axis of Autocrats