Rob - - It looks as if, if RH side has already had that much slack taken up in it and is still slack at the arm on caliper, the "hose" or housing in which the cable runs has collapsed internally somewhere along its length.
It needs to be rock-solid under compression. If rust got into it and its internal spring-coiled steel liner got eaten away, it would go spongy and permit the cable to collapse instead of pulling on the brake arm. Most likely to happen towards the back, in the part outside the bodywork.
Or maybe the cable inside is pulling apart. Do you have anyone to pull up on the ebrake while you watch, to see if the cable is moving at the rear?
Either of the above, your answer is gonna have to be a new cable.
A third possibility is the end of cable near the brake lever may somehow not be fastened into its stop but even not knowing how that is set up I think it pretty unlikely.
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