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Lost causes

Carolyn Quinn
Carolyn Quinn

In a new series of the Sunday Supplement, Carolyn Quinn looks at causes which at first appeared to be lost.

Appropriately on Remembrance Sunday she starts with the campaign to pardon the British soldiers who were executed for cowardice or desertion in World War One.

In Part Two, Carolyn Quinn looks at the campaign to restore the earnings link to pensions. The link was broken in 1983 by Margaret Thatcher. By 1997, when Tony Blair came to power, the Labour leadership was opposed to restoring the relationship between earnings and pensions. But one woman wasn't taking no for an answer.

Thalidomide was one of the worst blunders in medical history. The long struggle for compensation for the hundreds of victims started in the 1960s and it's still going on. Carolyn Quinn explored the campaign in the final part of her series on Lost Causes.




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