It was bad enough that one of the nurses was Chinese, but the other was suspected of being a Communist from Czechoslovakia.
Robert MacNamara, the US Defence Secretary, told a senior FBI agent that he “felt like he was sitting on a bomb” as headline after headline in British newspapers opened the lid on the Profumo affair.
Even Robert Kennedy, it emerged, was caught up in this sex and spy ring.
Lord Denning and his secretrary, Thomas Critchley, developed an unhealthy obsession with the sex life of Mariella and Hod.
They suspected Satanic rituals were being performed in their basement flat in Hyde Park Square. Scotland Yard set up a surveillance. (…)
Finally, Lord Boothby stood up to speak.
Boothby was, respectively the adulterous lover of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s wife and the homosexual lover of East End gangster, Ronnie Kray.
His response was this: “That is the thing about fiction; it doesn’t happen.”