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17 November 2021

Subscriber of the Week: Geoff Smith

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What do you do?
I am a retired university administrator and former Labour councillor.

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Do you vote?
Always and in person.

How long have you been a subscriber?
About five years.

What made you start?
I’ve read it occasionally since the 1960s but subscribed when I retired.

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This article appears in the 17 Nov 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Democracy's last stand