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'Sailor Ted' and the defrocked clergy

Mary Kenny on the sex secrets of the elite

Published 09/08/2015 | 02:30

Keen boatman: As British Prime Minister, Ted Heath was often assumed to be asexual
Keen boatman: As British Prime Minister, Ted Heath was often assumed to be asexual

It has frequently been pointed out that attitudes to sexuality were different in the 1960s and 1970s: and this has been especially stressed when personalities from the past - like the late British prime minister Edward Heath - are retrospectively suspected of sexual abuse.

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Attitudes certainly were once very different: an individual's sexual conduct was generally considered to be something private - unless it emerged in a sensational divorce case, or a major sex scandal like the Profumo affair.

In the Westminster village - which extended to Fleet Street - there was plenty of casual gossip, and loud guffaws of laughter in the various watering-holes about the sexuality of certain personalities, but it wasn't regarded as a public issue.

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