Government health minister Mike O'Brien today expressed further apologies to the Thalidomide victims, following the unveiling of his compensation booster package in December.
Second year students will remember my Power Without Responsibility presentation on the subject, and how I said that there were some of the greatest successes of journalism evident in the story. Having worked on the presentation for weeks, it became a subject that I felt particularly close to. I argue that had the Sunday Times not pushed the story so hard, the British public would still be unaware of the Thalidomiders, and this compensation package would not exist today.
As well as heart-stopping angst that this couldn't have happened on the day of my presentation, I feel pleased. It shows that me saying "Thalidomide is an issue that still impacts us today", was not just a throwaway statement after all.
The point is that even today, the legacy of well-meaning investigative journalism still resounds. The Sunday Times really set the bar high for aspiring journalists..