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3 November 2021

Subscriber of the week: Peter Sheal

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What do you do?

I’m an author and management trainer in the energy industry.

Where do you live?

Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

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How long have you been a subscriber?

On and off since university in the 1960s.

What made you start?

The Labour Party and Harold Wilson.

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Yes. My son is a subscriber.

What pages do you flick to first?

Hunter Davies for footy jokes.

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How do you read yours?

With a glass of wine.

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

The UK outside of London.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

John Gray, Nicholas Lezard and Hunter Davies.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

The voter forced to choose between Corbyn and Johnson.

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

Nigel Farage.

All-time favourite NS article?

“The strange death of Labour Britain” by Harry Lambert.

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Intellectual and fun.

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This article appears in the 03 Nov 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Britannia Chained