Where was their patriotism, then? They sang when he ran. George Blake’s fellow prisoners in Wormwood Scrubs gave a hearty rendering of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” after he sprang over the wall just before 7pm on October 22, 1966, in a jailbreak that made headlines for months. A Scrubs murderer wrote gleefully: “He’s f***ed ‘them’.”
Jolly old George, their favorite cellmate, had made fools of the prison system; of the judiciary, which five years earlier gave him a 42-year sentence; of the Secret Service, which employed him for almost two decades; and of his wife and three sons, blithely ignorant of his contract with Moscow.