This post is not about Donald Trump.
I first communicated with Professor Sir Simon Wessely not long after he had been elected as President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In his e-mail of introduction to me he asked me to call [him] “just Simon”. I appreciated this to be nothing but an act of extraordinary kindness. I was wowed that the President of my college was on level with me.
At this time my uncle, Dr Guy Scott, was President of Zambia.
My uncle’s Presidency of Zambia was short lived.
Professor Sir Simon Wessely has since moved on from President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists to be elected as President of the Royal Society of Medicine.
I have never met Professor Sir Simon Wessely, however he did walk by me when I protested outside the RCPsych International Congress in Edinburgh, 2017. I noted that he arrived with a carefree gait. I caught his eye. I said hello.