The Scandal of the Century,
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This review is from: An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo (Kindle Edition)
The notorious 'Profumo Affair' continuously crops up in many contexts. I remember it well as a contemporary. I found this book quite astonishing since it is really 'all about nothing', 'nothing of real importance', 'nothing that ever really threatened the country's security' and 'nothing that affected the lives of anyone beyond those directly involved'. The story was, however, the journalists' dream and the politicians' nightmare. It led to a suicide and a destroyed career, a revelation of greed that led to the establishment of the word 'rachhmanism' in the language to describe the behaviour of dishonest landlords and it seriously dented the image of poor Harold Macmillan who showed his weakness in a 'crisis'. It also altered the lives of two common prostitutes for whom the consequences were markedly different. There is much more than that in this story. It is about a sleazy world that disturbed a nation, revealed the misdemeanours of those who expect us to look up to them and left behind a story that were it fiction we might find it hard to believe. However, it makes a really good read and challenges us to consider the morality of our civilisation still revealed almost everyday in one press story or another.