Times Opinion today | Scientology, Eric Sykes, the God particle & the BBC

Love

Eric Sykes was one of those giants of comedy who, away from the TV screen, looked smaller than life,” says The Times

We won’t have a female boss at Barclays, says Camilla Cavendish, because successful mothering isn’t counted as a plus

Religion

Scientology is weird, but aren’t all religions? asks David Aaronovitch. And as for circumcision…

State-backed Big Science has been vindicated with the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, The Times says

War

“We’ll flog arms or drugs or extortionate insurance or dodgy derivatives to anyone with a chequebook,” says Matthew Parris. “Britain plays dirty. We always have.”

General Sir Peter Wall, head of the Army, says a new Reserve force will maintain our military strength as five battalions are axed

More

Rape charges will no longer be left to lie where the guilty party has already been jailed for murder, says Keir Starmer, QC, Director of Public Prosecutions

The Times says George Entwistle, the new Director-General of the BBC, is a safe choice – but he must stop the BBC swamping the media environment

(Times Opinion, Thursday July 05, 2012)

Tom Cruise on Scientology:

We’re here to help.

See Hugo Rifkind’s earlier post, Scientologists: perhaps it’s time to hire a public relations guru.

Scientologists: perhaps it’s time to hire a public relations guru | Hugo Rifkind

If you want a good round-up of the various crazy and even crazier stories doing the rounds about the breakup of the marriage between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, then this is a good place to start. Don’t pretend you aren’t fascinated. Yes you are. Yes you are.

The lingering puzzle here, though, is why everybody hates Scientology so much. Don’t misunderstand me – I’m not saying the church isn’t weird, or sinister, or frankly rather frightening. I’m just wondering how an organisation so deeply embedded in Hollywood is so bad at making itself look good. How can they be so terrible at PR?

What do you do when somebody wants to make a documentary about you, for example? Why, you freak him out by following him around for days filming him back, don’t you? Indeed, this seems to be not just a custom, but doctrine.

Why don’t they realise how bad it looks? Why aren’t they better at making it look better?

Twitter: @hugorifkind

Read more: Holmes ‘feared Suri would be forced into Scientology elite’

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