Subscriber of the week: Betsy Barker

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What do you do?

Retired primary music specialist.

Where do you live?

Scottish Borders.

Do you vote?

Absolutely always.

How long have you been a subscriber?

Years and years.

What made you start?

I was looking for a socialist magazine in the time of Thatcher.

Is the NS bug in the family?

My partner, son, daughter and son-in-law all read it.

What pages do you flick to first?

Editorial, letters, diary.

How do you read yours?

On the sofa with a cup of tea.

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

Articles by those fighting for the environment.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

John Burnside, Emily Tamkin, Stephen Bush.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

Dr Rachel Clarke, the palliative care doctor.

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

Jacob Rees-Mogg.

All-time favourite NS article?

Impossible to choose!

The New Statesman is…

Something I look forward to with delight every week!

This article appears in the 24 March 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Spring special

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