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8 December 2021

Subscriber of the Week: Ebenezer Scrooge

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Redistribute the wealth.

Where do you live?

England.

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How long have you been a subscriber?

Many Christmases.

What made you start?

I used to read the Spectator but three spirits helped me see the error of my ways.

Is the NS bug in the family?

I pay for my nephew’s subscription.

What pages do you flick to first?

The cartoons.

How do you read yours?

By candlelight.

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

Ghosts.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Nicholas Lezard.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

The Muppets. Their Christmas Carol spoke Gogolesque truth about life.

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

Robert Peel.

All-time favourite NS article?

“Dickens and his demons” by Lyndall Gordon.

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A generous redemption from all the humbug.

As told to George Leigh

This article appears in the 09 Dec 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Christmas Special