Former Editor of the Sunday Times and Daily Politics host Andrew Neil didn’t know it was Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary until SNP Members of Parliament tabled an Early Day Motion applauding the success of the show and those involved. Could it be because the Engineer is called Scotty?

Glasgow North MP Patrick Grady put forward the motion which was backed by 32 other members of Parliament (including my local MP, nice one, Liz, even if it is Edwina Hart who speaks Klingon). Former Culture Minister John Whittingdale was also among the signatories. No support from the Vulcan though, too busy Brexiting no doubt.

The motion reads:

That this House notes that 8 September 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast episode of the Star Trek television series; congratulates the many actors, writers, producers and technical staff who have contributed to the show’s success over the last 50 years; pays tribute to those of the cast and crew who have not lived to see this anniversary; recognises the significant cultural and scientific impact of the show, including the broadcast of the first interracial kiss on American television in 1968 and foreseeing many of the technological developments that have become commonplace today; and hopes that the ideals and values promoted by the vision of the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, of a better future, where humanity can peacefully explore the final frontiers of space and science, will continue to inspire future generations of scientists, actors and writers for many years to come.