I remember some of the issues being tackled even though I was in my mid-late teens. You might not be surprised to learn that I was interested in the changing times! The BBC had treated us tothe daring spectacle of That Was the Day That Was - the first televised satirical challenge to 'The Establishment'. We discovered we had an organisation, albeit appearing to be somewhat casual, that would formally attempt to challenge long held views and encourage free speech. I say casual as we must bear in mind that this was a whole new era. There was no example to follow. This was ground breaking stuff.
The contraceptive pill had become available and parents were no longer nervous of unwanted pregnancies but of the sexual behaviour of their offspring, especially daughters. CND - Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament marches had taken place on city streets across the UK. Some agreed with them, some did not. Abortion rights was another fight. Increasingly our society was crying out for change at different levels within our lives.
And a young newly qualified lawyer would certainly not have the voice nor the power to expel any organisation that had legally sought affiliation. Like many of us, questioning or not, she had a job to do and she had to get on with it ! Harriet Harman has made it quite clear that PIE had been pushed to the margins before she even went to the NCCL. The campaign referred to took place in 1976. Harriet Harman didn’t join NCCL until two years later.