At Home With Ted Heath

For so long Ted Heath has been described as ‘asexual’, now when rumours that he abused young boys surfaces he’s ‘gay’.

Just another example of ‘gay’ people giving ‘gay’ cover to paedophiles.

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At home with Ted by Matthew Parris [The Times 10/09/14]

They do say that if you want to keep a secret you should make a speech in the Commons chamber or publish your autobiography. One such memoir dropped through my letterbox years ago: columnists are deluged with unsolicited books. During a major sift through the accumulating heap to see what could go to the charity shop, my hand hovered recently over No Make-Up: Straight Tales from a Queer Life, by Jeremy Norman (2006). Idly I flicked the pages.

It’s a marvellous book. Startlingly candid, unblushingly funny about wealth, privilege and the pursuit of fun, Mr Norman (for ten years a proprietor of Burke’s Peerage and the founder of the Heaven gay nightclub in London) paints an unforgettable picture of gay life in an age of official prohibition.

But it’s his description of Ted Heath that surprises. In a spiky miscellany of vignettes of exotic gay and bisexual men, spies and hedonists, appears a chapter on the late Sir Edward. Norman’s interior-designer partner, Derek Frost, had done work at Ted’s Salisbury house. The former prime minister (says Norman) kept inventing tiny “after-care service” tasks (like re-stitching two cushions) to ask the couple over or get himself invited to their country cottage. “It was clear to us he was lonely, and looking for an excuse to meet, [and that] in his own inhibited way, he was reaching out to us as a gay couple . . .”

Ted told them he had supported an equal age of consent but “the party rank and file would never have stood for it”. Norman concludes: “I couldn’t help but conclude that he was a deeply closeted gay man . . . That impression was reinforced by his monosyllabic answers to questions about his love life.

“The last time we saw the old boy was [in 2004] when we called on him at Salisbury . . . He was as hospitable as ever. His housekeeper provided some excellent canapés and he opened a bottle of champagne. A curious and unexplained character greeted us at the front door: a young, educated Oriental man who seemed to be a close friend and confidant. He was clearly not an employee, as he stayed with us during our chat . . . No explanation was sought or proffered as to his place in the household.”

Gossip is not always unkind. Like Jeremy Norman I think more affectionately of Ted because of these reflections. They humanise, explain his woodenness, and say something about the injustice that left him with a personal side but one he felt he could not speak about.

The Times

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3 responses to “At Home With Ted Heath

  1. Gary

    So, someone wrote a book and someone thought he was gay? For decades these perverts have been hiding behind decent gay men. They claim that allegations are just prejudice against homosexuality when in fact they are the ones fuelling prejudice by interfering with children and getting everyone tarred with the same filthy brush. The didn’t want homosexuality legalised because its harder to hide out in the open. We now see the result of this, people are, at last, beginning to understand that the paedophiles have been hiding in the shadows all along and gay men are no longer (well not AS much) the target for accusations.

  2. LJMT

    Shame Matthew Parris has wasted a sensitive writing style on this man. Eyes are the windows to the soul and his were like cold dead fish. It is one thing to pity him, and wish he could have chosen a better path, but I am afraid to express affection is severely misplaced and shows an appalling lack of discernment.

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