I have been a fan of John Sweeney since he turned up in a dinghy and tried to land on the island of Brecquo in the Channel Islands, which is owned by the Barclay brothers.
I have to say that I was utterly bemused by his Panorama report on Scientology last night. Sweeney has written a piece on it here. I had no idea anyone could shout as loud as he did in his "exploding tomato" incident. But the pressure under which he was put was extraordinary, and one has to ask "Why?"
As Sweeney said, you can't imagine the Church of England press officer acting like Tommy Davis, the Scientology man, did during filming for the programme.
The Scientologists are applying in teh UK for the status of a religion. As Sweeney said "Good luck to them - I can't imagine them hosting 'Songs of Praise' anytime soon".
One of the most puzzling and strange episodes in the programme was the visit the exhibition "Psychiatry: Industry of Death". As Sweeney writes: "Scientologists want "the global obliteration" of psychiatrists, who they say were to blame for the rise of Nazi Germany." .....I see.