Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Sailor Ted' and the defrocked clergy

Mary Kenny on the sex secrets of the elite

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
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

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.

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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