What do you do?
I am a retired teacher.
Where do you live?
Bloxham in Oxfordshire.
Do you vote?
How long have you been a subscriber?
About three years.
What made you start?
It’s so much easier than finding it in a newsagent’s.
Is the NS bug in the family?
Yes: my wife and one son.
What pages do you flick to first?
Hunter Davies, Nicholas Lezard, Tracey Thorn.
How do you read yours?
Several shortish articles at one sitting, then I savour the others through the week.
What would you like to see more of in the NS?
I am pretty happy as it is.
Who are your favourite NS writers?
Stephen Bush, Helen Thompson.
Who would you put on the cover of the NS?
John Smith: “What if…”
With which political figure would you least like to be stuck in a lift?
Theresa May. I think small talk would be a struggle.
All-time favourite NS article?
“The Machiavel in Downing Street” by Harry Lambert.
The New Statesman is…
Excellent value and a beacon for lost and weary travellers.
This article appears in the 02 Jun 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Return of the West