Such a shame that his name became synonomus with scandal. People forget his distinguished war service, and then to dedicate the rest of his life to charity as attonement. It is a pity that politicians today don't have the integrity to act like him when they are caught out.
RIP. I echo exile1's sentiments; he took full responsibility for his actions, following a code that our current ministers could do with reminding about. I wonder if his death will throw further spotlight on the inability of the Cabinet to abide by the convention of ministerial responsibility.
RIP. I'll second Dozybint and exile1 (third, therefore?). Yes, he was an utter, total grade A prat who should have been more careful who he shacked up with. Yes, he lied to Parliament, something that no minister (or anyone else) should ever do. But at least he did the decent thing at the end and spent the rest of his life trying to make up for it.
Unlike the current lot, who appear merely to reach for the dictionary whenever the word 'honour' is mentioned.
John Profumo was a man of enormous potential, who made a mistake (albeit a big one) but atoned for it completely. Everyone makes a mistake, but very few repay their mistake to society to the level that Profumo did. Although the mistake he made had grave implications, he was enough of a man to accept his punishment and more besides - i belive he repaid his debt to the nation more than tenfold.