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25 August 2021updated 28 Aug 2021 1:05pm

Subscriber of the week: Michael Hutchinson

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What do you do?

I’m a retired teacher, councillor and local government officer.

Where do you live?

West Yorkshire.

Do you vote?

Without fail.

How long have you been a subscriber?

On and off since a teenager, a regular for several years.

What made you start?

Our history teacher said the NS was too radical for us.

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Is the NS bug in the family?

Regrettably not.

What pages do you flick to first?

The back if time presses.

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How do you read yours?

It depends on my diary.

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

The balance is about right.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

Philip Collins, Helen Thompson, Phil Whitaker.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

A selection of council leaders.

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

Donald Trump.

All-time favourite NS article? 

David Blanchflower debunking austerity.

The New Statesman is…

(Pace Kipling…) A fountain in the desert! A cistern in the waste!

This article appears in the 25 Aug 2021 issue of the New Statesman, The Retreat