Brave wife who’s my Woman of the Year

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

SPEAK­ING of in­spir­ing char­ac­ters, my woman of the year vote goes to 27-year-old Daniela Te­jada, right, the wife of Matthew Hedges, the Bri­tish aca­demic given a life sen­tence in the United Arab Emi­rates af­ter be­ing falsely ac­cused of spy­ing.

Her de­ci­sion to go pub­lic about her hus­band’s plight would have been a lonely and brave one. No doubt she was be­ing urged by the For­eign Of­fice to keep quiet and let the be­hind-the-scenes work­ings of of­fi­cial­dom try and secure his free­dom.

But her ac­tion al­most cer­tainly has­tened his even­tual par­don and re­lease by bring­ing his fate into the court of pub­lic opin­ion and thereby ratch­et­ing up the ur­gency for the new For­eign Sec­re­tary, Jeremy Hunt, to get him out of there.

I don’t mean to be­lit­tle Daniela’s achieve­ment by ad­ding that, un­der unimag­in­able emo­tional pres­sure, she al­ways ap­peared beau­ti­ful with a com­po­sure and ar­tic­u­lacy well be­yond her years or ex­pe­ri­ence. Surely Net­flix is at this mo­ment com­mis­sion­ing a film based on the cou­ple’s story. The priv­i­lege of play­ing Daniela will be much fought over.

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