The key reason was to address my ignorance over what ISIS and Diamond are actually for and to clarify that particle physics is not unscathed by this debacle. They are going to be hit just as badly in the research stakes as the rest of us and have lost the International Linear Collider.
It is particularly galling now to recognise that STFC has overspent on facilities that seem to be primarily for research into materials science; a discipline that is not funded through STFC. Clearly those of us who were worried about the ability of a new council to balance funding facilities with funding research were prescient. If only we had been more vocal and strident in our concerns.