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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.

Where do you live?
Sheffield.

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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Is the NS bug in the family?
No.

What pages do you flick to first?
Correspondence and the Q&A.

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How do you read yours?
On trains and with coffee.

What would you like to see more of in the NS?
Local and regional politics.

Who are your favourite NS writers?
Now, Louise Perry and Phil Whitaker; previously, Ed Smith and Helen Lewis.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?
Devi Sridhar.

With which political figure would you least like to be stuck in a lift?
Too many to choose, I will take the stairs.

All-time favourite NS article?
“The Dunkirk delusion” by David Reynolds.

The New Statesman is…
Comforting and challenging.

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