Where did you grow up?
On a scale of 1-10 rank how happy you are with your lot?
What would it take to get this to 10?
Recover from being partially sighted.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
If you could give one bit of advice to your 18-year-old self, what would it be?
Join the Civil Service.
When was the last time you cried and why?
Four years ago when I lost my dog.
What’s your greatest achievement?
Project management of a particularly difficult shopping centre whilst at the same time keeping the retailers trading.
What three things would you still like to do before you die?
Explore India, re-visit the USA and give a party for all friends and relations I have lost contact with from my youth.
What’s your favourite food?
Where was the last place you went on holiday?
What was the last book you read?
The Pelican Brief.
What’s the biggest fib you’ve ever told?
Giving my age.
If you ruled the world, what single act would you carry out?
Ban the use of insecticides in plant production.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Become more involved in politics in my 20s.
Name three guests, dead or alive, that you’d have at your fantasy dinner party?
Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, President Putin.
Who or what is your greatest inspiration?
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
Having split my trousers on a plane, I had to travel from Edinburgh Airport to a tailor in Rose Street with a newspaper down the back of my trousers.
Do you have any regrets?
What makes you see red?
The benefit system in this country.
In no more than five words, write your own epitaph.
Always be positive.