In the Media

Beyond contempt

PUBLISHED September 9, 2013

There was a time when a leading politician forced from office by scandal, or even sent to prison, would recognise that a period of atonement was required. After he admitted lying to Parliament over his affair with Christine Keeler, John Profumo resigned his seat to devote the rest of his life to charitable works. Jonathan Aitken, another former minister, went to jail for perjury, but has subsequently helped many ex-prisoners.