British society has changed in the ten years since John Profumo resigned as Secretary of War after admitting his relationship with a model, Miss.
SCUs Pornography books in shop (6 shots)
SCUs People interviewed (SOUND)
INTERVIEWER: "Excuse me madam do you see anything wrong with junior Ministers indulging with prostitutes?"
FIRST WOMAN: "Yes, I do. Definitely. After all they put the money up, they increase their money...I'm disgusted with it."
FIRST MAN: "I don't think...My personal view I don't think anybody, I don't feel there is anything wrong with anybody indulging with prostitutes. I do think that it's wrong that it should be a public figure i.e. a security risk but apart from that the general public, well the newspapers made a big scandal out of nothing."
SECOND MAN: "I think they are rather foolish aren't they, men in their position, getting themselves into a fracas like that."
INTERVIEWER: "Do you think they have to behave differently from the rest of us?"
SECOND MAN: "My goodness yes. There's a chap in Scotland said the other day on television men in that position should walk straight otherwise they are in trouble."
SECOND WOMAN: "What they do with their private lives is no reflection on what they do with their job, their work."
INTERVIEWER: "Excuse me. Do you see anything wrong with junior ministers indulging with prostitutes?"
THIRD MAN: "No. Why?"
INTERVIEWER: "You don't think there's any danger of secrets being given away?"
THIRD MAN: "New."
INTERVIEWER: "And you don't see why they should behave any differently from the rest of us?"
THIRD MAN: "No."
FOURTH MAN: "If they're good enough otherwise, I'd give them their freedom at night."
FIFTH MAN: "I wouldn't say there's a lot of them but there's a few there that hasn't been found out and they'll go on until they are found out."
INTERVIEWER: "You think there are more to come?"
FIFTH MAN: "Well I wouldn't say there were more to come but I think they are there and if and when they come to look at a candidate's corruption, everywhere's corrupt throughout the country."
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Background: British society has changed in the ten years since John Profumo resigned as Secretary of War after admitting his relationship with a model, Miss. Christine Keeler.
Pornography is sold more openly, sex is portrayed more explicitly on screen and stage and Britain has acquired a reputation for being "permissive".
What now do the British people think of the resignations of Lord Jellicoe, Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for the Civil Service, and Lord Lambton, Under Secretary of State for the Royal Air Force after admissions that they had been involved with call girls.
Tim Arlott went to a London suburb to ask local residents their opinion. Are British politicians still expected to have the highest standards of moral behaviour, even when no security risks are involved?"
Or is a politician's private life his own, provided his activities do not affect his job?
Opinion in this suburb, and probably in the country top, seems to be divided.