Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The Wonderful Fifth of June

Today, history buffs, is the wonderful Fifth of June!


Today's the fiftieth anniversary of the Profumo Affair, when Britain's Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, admitted that he had lied to the House of Commons and was resigning his post. See, Profumo had had an affair with a prostitute named Christine Keeler, who in turn had connections with certain people.

One rumored connection was with the Soviet naval attache, who may have made one attempt to coach Keeler into pumping Profumo for secret information (among other things - hint hint nudge nudge say no more).

The silhouette shown is the badge of the completely fictional Most Provocative Order of the (k)Nights of Christine Keeler. I have the rank of Officer in the Order, and commemorate this day to all those pretty faces who've been able to bring down entire governments.*

*Profumo's boss, Prime Minister Harold MacMillan, resigned four months later, with the scandal a contributing factor.


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