Gay activist Peter Tatchell who organised the Protest the Pope Coalition and has arranged various anti-Catholic protests in the Piazza outside Westminster Cathedral, has been commissioned by Channel 4 to present a documentary on the Holy Father.
If you were a commissioning editor at Channel 4 and wanted to make a documentary about the Pope's religious and political journey since the 1930s, who might you get to front it?Never mind the headlines "Catholics angry" etc. This is a calculated insult typical of our "I can do what I like" culture. Catholics may well feel minded to write to Channel 4; and it would be good if there were a statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference. Surely though, since the Holy Father is coming on a state visit, it would be appropriate for a Minister of State to express disquiet at such blatant Catholic-baiting?
Ann Widdecombe? Sue MacGregor? Ed Stourton?
No. Channel Four has chosen Peter Tatchell. Yes, your gob is smacked, isn't it?
Peter says he wants to produce a completely factual programme. In which case, why did Channel 4 choose him? Surely his attraction to a programme maker is that he is deeply opinionated.