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Doing the Decent Thing
SteynOnline ^ | 7/17/2013 | Mark Steyn

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:

(Excerpt) Read more at steynonline.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: england; history; marksteyn; profumo; scandal
This was an enjoyable piece and especially interesting in light of today's events. There is a big difference in what happens to scandalized politicians today compared to several decades ago. Think if Weiner and Spitzer.
1 posted on 07/17/2013 4:43:35 AM PDT by grimalkin
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To: grimalkin
She was living in poverty in a "council flat" (British for housing project) and had nothing to retail but those few months in the early Sixties ... For all she's got from the attempts to cling to her celebrity, Miss Keeler might as well have joined Profumo at Toynbee Hall and done charity work for four decades.

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.

2 posted on 07/17/2013 4:56:48 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No pun intended, no punishment ... If I offended you, you needed it.)
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To: grimalkin

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.’ :)


3 posted on 07/17/2013 4:57:23 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: grimalkin

Profumo was forced to resign because he lied to the House of Commons. A quaint concept.


4 posted on 07/17/2013 4:59:18 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: Tax-chick

I thought it was sad, too.


5 posted on 07/17/2013 5:11:20 AM PDT by grimalkin (The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. -G.K. Chesterton)
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To: iowamark; grimalkin
From Dr Szamuely's Conservative History Blog:

Fifty years ago

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.

6 posted on 07/17/2013 5:29:52 AM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: grimalkin

You mean democrat politicians, no?


7 posted on 07/17/2013 5:30:38 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Tax-chick

Lewinsky in a decade?


8 posted on 07/17/2013 5:32:47 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: grimalkin

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?


9 posted on 07/17/2013 6:04:50 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: BwanaNdege; grimalkin
Lewinsky in a decade?

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.

10 posted on 07/17/2013 6:27:27 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No pun intended, no punishment ... If I offended you, you needed it.)
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To: grimalkin

The words any parent dreads, “Mom, Dad, I want you to meet the girl I intend to marry, Monica Lewisinsky”.


11 posted on 07/17/2013 6:30:46 AM PDT by sport
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To: JLS

Steyn ping...


12 posted on 07/17/2013 7:22:43 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: grimalkin
It's not really right to mention the Profumo scandal without showing the naughty, but Safe For (most) Work pictures of the, at the time, young women in the center of the scandal.


13 posted on 07/17/2013 8:07:20 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: grimalkin

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.


14 posted on 07/17/2013 8:10:39 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Oy, that overbite!


15 posted on 07/17/2013 8:22:22 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No pun intended, no punishment ... If I offended you, you needed it.)
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the MarK Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping Twotone.


16 posted on 07/17/2013 8:23:49 AM PDT by JLS
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To: JLS

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.


17 posted on 07/17/2013 9:12:30 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: grimalkin

‘Think of Weiner and Spitzer.’

Too close to lunchtime for THAT!


18 posted on 07/17/2013 10:01:55 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: JLS

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?


19 posted on 07/17/2013 12:53:41 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

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.


20 posted on 07/17/2013 3:06:47 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: grimalkin

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.


21 posted on 07/17/2013 4:57:36 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: supremedoctrine

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)...


22 posted on 07/31/2013 2:29:05 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: kabumpo

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...


23 posted on 07/31/2013 2:31:26 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Can you Filner the Weiner or Spitzer?


24 posted on 07/31/2013 2:36:33 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

I wasn’t defending being a hooker. I was just saying that Keeler was exceptionally beautiful.


25 posted on 07/31/2013 7:40:39 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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