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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.

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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.

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