50 Years Ago – 16 January 1972

16 January 1972

Dom Mintoff (above photo), the Prime Minister of Malta, backed away from his previous demands that the British should leave the island immediately, but he said that he still remained unhappy at the situation. Lord Carrington, the Foreign Secretary, said “we have made some progress”.

Ian Smith, the Prime Minister of Rhodesia, banned a delegation from the Labour Party from visiting the country. Denis Healey, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, was refused entry, a decision which came a few weeks after Dingle Foot, the former Solicitor General, was also banned from entering.

A 27-year old man from Belfast was shot in the legs in what the authorities said was “an IRA kangaroo court”.