Any uniformed person hearing this song might think it was about a groupie, a petty sadist, some sort of pervert, or just a plain old hypocrite, but Mary Long is actually a composite character.
Mary Whitehouse (1910-2001) was the founder of the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association, whose remit was to clean up television which she perceived as corrupting the nation's morals.
Lord Longford (1905-2001) was an eccentric aristocrat who was Christened Lord Porn after he visited a number of strip clubs as part of his research and walked out indignant at their displays of indecency.
Mrs Whitehouse began her campaigning in 1963 and founded her organisation in November 1965, which by pure coincidence or no coincidence at all, was when the dreaded F word was first used on British TV, by Kenneth Tynan. In view of the deluge of filth that has emanated from the boob tube since, an objective critic might rightly claim she was unsuccessful. Her one resounding success came in 1977, four years after "Mary Long", when she initiated an action for blasphemous libel against the homosexual publication Gay News
which had published a grossly blasphemous (and depraved) poem written by an academic which portrayed the violation of the body of Jesus Christ by a homosexual necrophiliac Centurion.
If Lord Longford sparked ridicule for his campaigning against pornography, he inspired contempt by his campaigning for
the Moors Murderess Myra Hindley. On the plus side, he worked for the rehabilitation of many other prisoners who unlike Hindley were not beyond redemption. (check out photos of Mary Whitehouse and Lord Longford