Skip to comments.Doing the Decent Thing
Posted on 07/17/2013 4:43:35 AM PDT by grimalkin
Fifty years ago, it was the Summer of Profumo in London, commencing with a ministerial resignation that brought down a Conservative Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, and eventually his successor, Lord Home, too. Half-a-century on, it remains Britain's most famous sex scandal, and sufficiently potent that later this year Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton will unveil their West End musical on the subject. Here's what I had to say, with a personal reminiscence of the lady involved, in my obituary of John Profumo. This essay appears in my book Mark Steyn's Passing Parade:
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I thought this was very sad, and an image of dozens - hundreds? - of women who have imagined that they matter because they could get a politician to have sex with them.
I remember reading at the time there was some discussion about Keeler’s nationality/ethnicity (?)...it was said that she was Czech.
A comedian said...’She went from check to cash.’ :)
Profumo was forced to resign because he lied to the House of Commons. A quaint concept.
I thought it was sad, too.
Compare and constrast Clinton (and HRC), Weiner, Spitzer etc etc. Profumo in the end did the decent thing, something that isn't even considered today.
You mean democrat politicians, no?
Lewinsky in a decade?
Is there ANY political scandal or contretemps that has NOT become the subject of a West End play or Hollywood movie. provided only that the scandals occurred during conservative/Republican administrations?
In a way, it's as bad or worse for Monica now. She may not be living in public housing, yet, but she's universally held in contempt - a byword for "ignorant trollop" - and has failed at every attempt in having a real life.
She gets hit with society's ultimate condemnation, "FAT," while Bill Clinton sails on, untouched by anything but the physical ravages of his misbegotten lifestyle.
The words any parent dreads, “Mom, Dad, I want you to meet the girl I intend to marry, Monica Lewisinsky”.
When you think of the Profumo scandal, it’s hard not to think of the movie Dr. Strangelove, filmed the same year but released the next.
Oy, that overbite!
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Thanks for the ping Twotone.
Steyn is always a treat.
I had to go back to look up some of the names - they sounded familiar, but it was a long time ago.
Thanks for the ping.
‘Think of Weiner and Spitzer.’
Too close to lunchtime for THAT!
I only have a vague recollection of the scandal. My family, all adults, at least 11 years older than I, when I was still in school, only whispered about things like that when I was around.
Thanks for the details after all these years.
And can we deep-six our current crop of democRATS for lying to congress and the American people as well?
You need to see a color photo to know her true beauty. She had red hair, was gorgeous and quasi-ethereal - the puzzle is why she was a hooker - she had suchca radiant beauty, she could have done/been anything.
I was in High School when the Keeler/Profumo affair came to a conclusion. NOT knowing what we all came to know about what was going on with JFK in our own White House in the exact same time frame, it’s no wonder our press was all over the Brit story. “Couldn’t happen here, now could it?”
And btw, considering the details of the other stories Steyn touches on, it seems the Brits have it all over us in perversion.
I think there were plenty of people who knew what Kennedy was like. In the 1960s, my grandparents were friends with a prominent and well-connected Catholic priest in Oldham (North West England) who intimated that there things about the Kennedys that would come out in future that they wouldn’t believe. (Makes you wonder what stuff comes out when Catholic clergy talk about amongst themselves)...
There’s plenty of money to be made as a “high-class” hooker if your main asset is having those kinds of looks. Takes more than having ‘radiant beauty’ to be a rocket scientist or a lawyer though...
Can you Filner the Weiner or Spitzer?
I wasn’t defending being a hooker. I was just saying that Keeler was exceptionally beautiful.