Friday, March 10, 2006
John Profumo Dies
I never met John Profumo, but sadly his name will always be associated with the biggest political scandal of the 1960s. The BBC and Sky obituaries treat that as if it was the only thing which happened in his life. But we should not forget that he was bthe last surviving rebel from the House of Commons of 1940 who voted against the government and precipitated the downfall of Neville Chamberlain. His charity work in the East End which started immediately after his resignation culminated in his being given the CBE. I remember appearing on various news programmes a few years ago when there was a Commons Motion seeking to restore membership of the Privy Council to him. So of course we should not forget his part in the 1963 scandal, but nor should we forget the many good things he did too.