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This review is from: An English Affair (Hardcover)
This latest book of Davenport-Hines, like his book about the Titanic disaster,focuses on the underlying political and social mores of the times as well as the details of the so-called Profumo Affair.
In so doing he reveals the hypocrisy, lying, snobbery and deceit of the 60's. For this reviewer the most disturbing feature of the whole Affair was not the sexual antics of the MP Jack Profumo, hardly novel then or now, but the appalling treatment of Stephen Ward who was deserted by his friends in high places, and stitched up by the police. Witnesses were even leaned on by the police to get a conviction. Ward was a playboy osteopath but he did not deserve the way he was treated by the establishment.
His death by suicide remains a blot on all those involved in his character assassination.
This is a fascinating account of an event that has been written about many times. The author rightly reminds readers that Profumo's real crime was not his antics with an indiscreet young woman of dubious morals but the fact that he lied to Parliament, an unforgivable crime.
Given the recent revelations about police corruption and financial fraud by MP's one wonders if anything has changed for the better this past 50 years. Sexual repression has been eradicated only to be replaced by sexual licence while police misbehaviour remains extremely worrying.