The Saltire and Lion Rampant
Flutter in the cool summer breeze,
As we march to the slow drum
Underneath the sunlit trees.

We are here to honour
The passing of one of our own,
A good and honourable friend
Who has departed for home.

He has taken the low road*
And will be in Scotland before us,
He was a loyal and honest man
Who never betrayed a trust.


*According to Scottish legend when Scots die in another country, they are said to be taking the Low Road home. This is the route that the spirits travel.

“Take the low road” has been immortalised in the song “Loch Lomond” from the story of two Scottish prisoners who were imprisoned in England after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. One was to be executed in the morning and the other was to be released.

The soldier being released would take the high road over the mountains and the soldier who was to be executed would take the low road, the route for the souls of the dead. “I’ll take the low road and I’ll be in Scotland afore ye.”


In the clip below, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is talking about Ted Yoho and other men who seem to think it is acceptable to speak to women in a disrespectable manner.  This is not about politics; this is about humans treating other humans in a dignified manner. She puts her points across very eloquently.

People like Yoho treat other people in a way they would not like to be treated themselves. They treat people in a derogatory manner because they can get away with it. I had not heard of Yoho until now and I would not like to listen to any of his opinions, not because of his political stance, but because he is a disrespectful man.

I have always viewed rich or famous people with the philosophy “Would I like to stand in a bar chatting to them?” If the answer is “No”, it is usually because I do not think much of their character. If I had an opportunity to meet the leaders of certain countries, no names mentioned, I would turn it down, because there is no room in my life for liars, ever.

I have interacted with people from all walks of life, but without mutual respect, there would be no amicable interaction. Good manners go a long way. There is no shortage of people in the world, who consider themselves, to be superior to other people. In my mind they are the inferior ones, because anyone who is biased towards another human because of their gender, their colour, their nationality or their financial status, is poor in character and personality.


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In 2016, a United Nations report found the UK government culpable for “grave and systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights. The situation for disabled people in Britain has continued to deteriorate as the Tory government’s obsessive drive to slash public spending, whilst scapegoating the most disadvantaged in society, continues.

Punitive welfare regimes, the removal of essential support and services, and an ideological regime that seeks to deny disability has resulted in a situation described by the UN as a “human catastrophe“.

In this searing account, Ellen Clifford, an activist who has been at the heart of resistance against the war on disabled people, reveals precisely how and why this state of affairs has come about. From spineless political opposition to self-interested disability charities, right-wing ideological myopia to the media demonisation of benefits claimants, a shocking picture emerges of how the government of the fifth-richest country in the world has been able to marginalize disabled people with near-impunity.

Even so, and despite austerity biting ever deeper, the fightback has begun, with a vibrant movement of disabled activists and their supporters determined to hold the government to account – the slogan “Nothing About Us Without Us” has never been so apt. As this book so powerfully demonstrates, if Britain is to stand any chance of being a just and equitable society, their battle is one that we should all be fighting.

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786996640

Twitter: Ellen Clifford

Disabled People Against Cuts: DPAC

I’m a ghost
Living in a ghost town
I’m a ghost
Living in a ghost town

You can look for me
But I can’t be found
You can search for me
I had to go underground
Life was so beautiful
Then we all got locked down
Feel like a ghost
Living in a ghost town

Once this place was humming
And the air was full of drumming
The sound of cymbals crashing
Glasses were all smashing
Trumpets were all screaming
Saxophones were blaring
Nobody was caring if it’s day or night

I’m a ghost
Living in a ghost town
I’m going nowhere
Shut up all alone

So much time to lose
Just staring at my phone

Every night I am dreaming
That you’ll come and creep in my bed
Please let this be over
Not stuck in a world without end

Preachers were all preaching
Charities beseeching
Politicians dealing
Thieves were happy stealing
Widows were all weeping
There’s no beds for us to sleep in
Always had the feeling
It will all come tumbling down

I’m a ghost
Living in a ghost town
You can look for me
But I can’t be found

We’re all living in a ghost town
Living in a ghost town
We were so beautiful
I was your man about town
Living in this ghost town
Ain’t having any fun
If I want a party
It’s a party of one

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