London — As you get older, it’s hard enough sustaining friendships, let alone forming new ones.

When Ruth Davidson resigned as the leader of the Scottish Conservative party, she said the pressures of the job had, among other things, made her a “poor” friend. It was easy to feel sympathy. Amid a host of competing priorities — the demands of jobs, children, partners and ageing parents — friendships are all too easily lost.

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now