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9 June 2021updated 06 Jul 2021 8:26am

Subscriber of the week: Carl Gosling

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What do you do?

Work for The Social and Cold War Steve.

Where do you live?

Wendover, Bucks.

Do you vote?


How long have you been a subscriber?

About four or five years.

What made you start?

I picked up a copy for a train journey, became hooked.

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Is the NS bug in the family?

My dad reads sometimes, my girlfriend has the best bits read aloud to her.

What pages do you flick to first?

I start at the beginning.

How do you read yours?

Usually about a week behind, which causes some anxiety.

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

As a venue programmer, upcoming events of interest.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Philip Collins, Emily Tamkin.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

A Cold War Steve special.

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

Desmond Swayne.

All-time favourite NS article?

I love shorter pieces like Comment and the Encounter.

The New Statesman is…

Essential guidance, piling up next to my bed.

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This article appears in the 09 Jun 2021 issue of the New Statesman, The Covid cover-up?