50 Years Ago – 13 May 1972

13 May 1972

British Rail confirmed that its Sunday services wouldn’t operate following failure to reach agreement with the railway trade unions. The railway workers were working to rule, which meant that no services in the country could operate on a Sunday, where workers had to volunteer to work extra hours. The railway workers had rejected a 12.5% pay increase and said they weren’t prepared to ballot their members, despite a Government request to do so.

Three members of the Provisional IRA were jailed after they were found guilty of tying up 24 year old pregnant woman Philomena McGucken and pouring paint and feathers over her. Ulster’s Lord Chief Justice Sir Robert Lowry said that the attack was “morbidly brutal”.

Sir Alec Douglas-Home (in photo), the former Prime Minister, said that Britain faced a moral dilemma over Rhodesia, and hinted that the economic sanctions against the country might be lifted.