How easy is it to reinvent yourself? I’ve been thinking about this recently because I’ve had to give up a succession of educational roles following a media storm about things I said on Twitter more than five years ago. Some people have advised me to ‘do a Profumo’, a reference to the disgraced Conservative politician who rehabilitated himself by devoting his life to charity. But that doesn’t seem to be an option in my case. I had to give up the voluntary work I was doing when my old tweets were dug up, for fear of embroiling the charities I was involved with in the scandal.
My sister suggested I become a teacher, which is quite appealing. I could sign up with Now Teach, the organisation started by the former Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway for people in their forties and fifties who want to retrain as teachers. Lucy certainly seems to be enjoying her own reinvention as a maths teacher. Unfortunately, I think I’m too toxic for any school to take on. In the current climate, the taint of having sent a few tasteless tweets is too great. (To read more, click here.)