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Toby Young
Tuesday 1st May 2018

After public humiliation, I’m fighting back

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.)

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Re: After public humiliation, I’m fighting back
Posted by Bill on 15-05-2018 19:43:

"In my case, I really did send a handful of sophomoric tweets between 2009 and 2012. But I hope an Alice Dreger figure will come along, look at all the evidence and conclude that these minor misdemeanours do not make me unfit to work in schools."

My god, you really are beyond deluded aren't you ?
You have been unfit to work in schools for many many years and irrespective of your recent 'trial by Twitter'. I really wasn't, it was a revealing of your reprehensible behaviour and character that finished you off. The various mediums this was delivered by are irrelevant, it's YOU that's the problem not the person describing you or the website they use.

From the moment you spanked all your barely earned dollars on gak doing naff all but obsess about yourself in New York / London / wherever it has been painfully clear that you and any position of responsibility involving children would be utterly terrible bed fellows.

Profumo took the right course, that's what I'd do.You are not yet totally lost and I think you smart enough to realise this. Do something better.

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