Here’s a couple of examples demonstrating that success and plaudits in one field are not a sufficient basis to be taken at all seriously in another unrelated field.

Step forward Richard Dawkins who seems to know all about strings of DNA but rather less about timing and humour in politics.

His timing can be gauged by his recent comments on the capture of Saddam Hussein made in a letter to Johann Hari, and his humour by his inability to detect satire when it’s made, rather obviously I thought, by MP Tom Watson.

I’ll leave it to you to decide whether Tom is a fitting representative of the people of West Bromwich East if he thinks “the kids” will listen to him with respect if he addresses them like this

“Hey, chill with the anti-Europe vibes already! You totally won’t be able to wear the word ‘fcuk’ on your shirt anymore if we break our connection with France, y’dig? ROFFLE! So, cut it with the bling bling and do something for the community, man. Join in and take action with any of the groovy sites we’ve listed, or just drop Tom a line for a quiet rap by the electronic email. Tom’s well-up on the Interwebnet, and he won’t harsh your buzz or dis you down the line.”

Don’t give up the day job Prof.