Worsthorne scandal

I would recommend to anyone at all taken in by Peregrine "a part of me wants to believe in her sincerity" Worsthorne's review of Christine Keeler's The Truth at Last (Books, 26 February) to read Phillip Knightley's and Caroline Kennedy's An Affair of State: the Profumo case and the framing of Stephen Ward (1987).

At his court case, Ward said that Keeler, Mandy Rice-Davies and Vickie Barrett had lied in court through "malice, cupidity". Knightley and Kennedy demonstrate that these, and fear, were their motives. Ward was deranged, or, as he himself put it in court, had "an irregular lifestyle".

So ill-informed and unfocused is Wors-thorne that he says Keeler's book reveals Oswald Mosley to be "numbered among her many famous clients". Keeler, an arch-name-dropper, merely claims that Mosley visited Ward on a political matter.

Michael Meadmore
London W12

This article first appeared in the 05 March 2001 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Essay - Democracy can be bad for you