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Subscriber of the week: Richard Clifton

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What do you do?

I am a local councillor.

Where do you live?

Sutton, south-west London.

Do you vote?


How long have you been a subscriber?

I had a subscription in the 1960s. Recently, I decided to subscribe again.

What made you start?

When I left university I wanted to stay in touch with the social-democratic left.

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Is the NS bug in the family?

I am afraid not.

What pages do you flick to first?


How do you read yours?

As a rest from council papers.

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

When did the famous weekly competition stop?

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Martin Fletcher.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

Keir Starmer, to cheer him up.

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

Alex Salmond, Boris Johnson.

All-time favourite NS article?

Recently, Martin Fletcher’s article on Johnson and the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

The New Statesman is…

A good way to keep my brain cells in order.

This article appears in the 26 May 2021 issue of the New Statesman, The new Toryism