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    20 October 2021

    Subscriber of the Week: David Oliver

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    What do you do?

    Retired headteacher; ceilidh band accordionist.

    Where do you live?

    Hexham, Northumberland.

    Do you vote?

    Yes, always.

    How long have you been  a subscriber?

    About seven years.

    What made you start?

    My daughters gave  me a gift subscription for Christmas.

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    Is the NS bug in the family?

    One daughter shares mine.

    What pages do you flick to first?

    The Leader and Back Pages.

    How do you read yours?

    Sporadically, sometimes over two or three weeks.

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    The case for electoral reform – our greatest national need.

    Who are your favourite NS writers?

    Previously, Laurie Penny and Ed Smith. Now, Emily Tamkin.

    Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

    Clement Attlee.

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

    Nigel Farage.

    All-time favourite NS article?

    “Murder By Numbers” by Laurie Penny, post-Grenfell.

    The New Statesman is…

    a wise and challenging friend.

    This article appears in the 20 Oct 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Twilight of the West