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What do you do?

I am retired but love doing odd jobs around the house.

Where do you live?

Forres in Moray.

Do you vote?

Always. I admire the Australian system of compulsory voting.

How long have you been a subscriber?

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Eight years.

What made you start?

The articles about Scottish independence.

Is the NS bug in the family?

No, just me.

What pages do you flick to first?

The cryptic crossword answers.

How do you read yours?

Slowly; it takes me a week.

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

Environmental comment.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Andrew Marr – I can hear his voice when I’m reading. And Nicholas Lezard makes me laugh.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

Greta Thunberg.

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

Steve Bannon.

All-time favourite NS article?

“The trial of the Colston Four” by Tom Lamont.

The New Statesman is…

something I look forward to

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This article appears in the 04 May 2022 issue of the New Statesman, Dictating the Future