First published in The Times, Tuesday August 20 2019
One of the highlights of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe was the musical My Left/Right Foot from the Birds of Paradise theatre company. Focused on a hapless am-dram troupe’s endeavours to win an award by embracing diversity, the show poked merciless fun at the long line of able-bodied actors being lauded as “brave” and rewarded with Oscars for playing disabled roles.
First published in The Times, Tuesday February 19 2019
Tom Johnston is not exactly a household name — maybe not even in the households of aficionados of Scottish politics. A minister in Ramsay MacDonald’s coalition government of 1929-1935, and initially associated with the radical left-wing of the Labour Party, Johnston would go on to serve as secretary of state for Scotland in Winston Churchill’s wartime cabinet.