Jimmy Reid

Today saw the funeral of trade unionist, journalist, orator, University rector, Jimmy Reid. Reid's desperately powerful and moving speeches made the New York Times and will surely live on for many years to come. In his 'rat race' speech he said:

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 promotion 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.

At his funeral was childhood Govan friend, Sir Alex Ferguson, and comedian Billy Connelly, who made a poignant yet funny speech about his friend.

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