The Pro­fumo scan­dal was fu­elled by jeal­ousy

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

sir – The sad death of Christine Keeler brings back vivid mem­o­ries of the Pro­fumo scan­dal (re­port, De­cem­ber 6).

Much was made of the se­cu­rity risk posed by her si­mul­ta­ne­ous re­la­tion­ships with the Con­ser­va­tive min­is­ter, John Pro­fumo, and a Soviet naval at­taché. This al­ways seemed rather fan­ci­ful to me; it is much more likely that the un­prece­dented furore was caused by jeal­ousy.

Pro­fumo ap­peared to have ev­ery­thing: wealth, sta­tus and an at­trac­tive wife. For him also to be in a relationship with a woman of such beauty as Christine Keeler was too much for peo­ple to take. David Lang­field

Pyr­ford, Sur­rey

sir – I wish to chal­lenge the myth that the Pro­fumo af­fair brought down Harold Macmil­lan’s gov­ern­ment.

Macmil­lan re­signed as prime min­is­ter and Con­ser­va­tive Party leader in 1963 – at the height of the scan­dal – be­cause he was suf­fer­ing from a prostate con­di­tion that he feared he would not sur­vive.

Con­se­quently, Alec Dou­glashome be­came prime min­is­ter and Con­ser­va­tive leader, and it was he who went on to lose the 1964 elec­tion. Paul Prideaux

Portsmouth, Hamp­shire

sir – At first the Pro­fumo scan­dal pro­vided much en­ter­tain­ment and amuse­ment. How­ever, it quickly be­gan to ap­pear that the es­tab­lish­ment was us­ing Christine Keeler as a pawn – some­thing that still goes on to­day, al­beit in a dif­fer­ent way.

I trust she can now find peace with God and for­give those who treated her so badly. Gra­ham R Dixon

Hornby, Lan­cashire

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.