In a new series for the Sunday Supplement, we present 'Politically Charged' in which Clive Anderson talks to the leading players in famous court cases which had as much political as legal significance.
In part one, he describes how a controversial decision taken by the government of Margaret Thatcher led to one of Britain's most senior civil servants volunteering to pack his bags and head off to Australia to give evidence in what became known as the Spycatcher trial.
Following the resignation of Peter Hain, in part two Clive looks back to 1971 when Mr Hain was taken to court following the campaign of direct action by anti-Apartheid campaigners against a tour by the South African rugby team.
In part three, Clive Anderson talks to some of the participants in the 'Oz' trial of 1971. Oz was a so called 'underground' or 'counter-cultural' magazine whose three editors found themselves charged with obscenity.
It was a trial that polarised opinion and caused political uproar.
In the fourth part, Clive looks back at the so called 'McLibel Trial,' in which a part time council gardener, Helen Steel, and a former postman, Dave Morris, forever known as 'Helen and Dave,' were sued for libel by the corporate giant McDonalds.