Roy Jenkins - Father of the Permissive Society?

Roy Jenkins - Father of the Permissive Society?


Richard Weight sets out to explore the social legacy of Roy Jenkins, the parliamentarian perhaps best known for being part of the `Gang of Four' that quit the Labour Party and formed the SDP in the 1980s. Here, though, Richard highlights Jenkins' time as Home Secretary from December 1965 to September 1967, when be pursued a reformative agenda that transformed the Home Office into an engine of social change. Jenkins turned his attention to changing laws on homosexuality and abortion, among others, causing some to condemn him for creating a `permissive society', while others championed him to being the architect of a more civilised age. Key witnesses and archive interviews offer perspectives on Jenkins' achievements.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Richard Weight
Producer Rob Shepherd