December 23, 2016
If they invite me to give evidence I will certainly give written evidence on your behalf, and if asked, evidence in person. Although I am a member of the Gentry I am not a Life Peer, but if invited to be a Life Peer I can think about taking up a seat in Westminster. These days however, the Assembly may develop an upper house. I would be more interested in that, becoming a Senator like Yeats. Usually a Peerage is given to people on the political side of things, but sometimes it is given to intellectuals. There is a precedent in a U. S. citizen taking up a Peerage, that was Lady Astor, who as an American born English socialite whose second marriage was to Waldorf Astor. I am British born, naturalized a U. S. citizen at Cornell in 2000. AI am the first U. S. dual citizen in history to be appointed to the Civil List, directly by my distant cousin the Queen.”
You do realize, don’t you Ron, that ludicrous statements such as these will eventually end up in a real book/expose and will be laughed at by physicists all over the world: fame at last! Of course, some strange people do get elevated to the Lords: you may have heard of a Professor Atkins, an ultra-successful chemist and textbook writer. Well, his ex-wife was fast-tracked after your Mr Blair made peerages more democratic (and Civil List Pension recommendations totally demented). She was given Faraday’s old post of Director of the Royal Institution before being elevated. While Director of the RI, some cruel observers suggested (due to her habit of offering photo-opportunities while wearing a leather skirt and leaning against a tree) that she conjured up thoughts of a rather older profession. So a crackpot peer (Lord Evans of Cloudcuckooland) would not necessarily lower standards. No doubt the thought of receiving hundreds of pounds per day, simply for turning up, would overcome your agoraphobia: we all know that money-grubbing is your main ‘scientific’ aim. We understand that the US theoretically requires candidates for naturalization to renounce their original nationality, so your sole remaining claim-to-fame is to be the only anti-scientific crackpot to be appointed to the Civil List.