Jimmy Reid – a giant in many ways

In TFC on August 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm

 Posted by Andy Bell

One of Scotland’s greatest sons is no longer with us.  Jimmy Reid led shipyard workers in Glasgow when they faced constant, and ultimately successful, threats to their livelihoods in the 1970s.

He was one of the finest orators I have ever heard.  This man of Clydeside knocked even some of the most magnificent men of the South Wales miners union out of the park.

He died this week, but his words won’t fade.  Compare & contrast to the verbal quality of other political leaders closer to home.  This man was a giant, we have molecules and weak ones at that.

“A rat race is for rats. We’re not rats. We’re human beings. Reject the insidious pressures in society that would blunt your critical faculties to all that is happening around you, that would caution silence in the face of injustice lest you jeopardise your chances of promoti…on and self-advancement. This is how it starts, and, before you know where you are, you’re a fully paid-up member of the rat pack. The price is too high.”

Read the entire speech here.

Jimmy Reid began as a Communist, then went to Labour and finished up – as most Scottish patriots do – in the SNP.


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