John Profumo: utterly contemptible little shit

… but probably not for the reason you’d think.

After being elected as an MP in 1940, Profumo voted against the Chamberlain government in the famous House of Commons debate on Norway. So angered was the government whip, David Margesson, that he wrote a letter to Profumo which included the memorable line:

I can tell you this, you utterly contemptible little shit. On every morning that you wake up for the rest of your life you will be ashamed of what you did last night.

(We’re keen followers of the intersection of swearing and politics here at arbitrary constant. Our favourite post on the topic is here, though many a selection can be found here. If you come across one you think we’d like, let us know.)


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