About McPherson's Rant


McPherson’s Rant is an old Scots Folk Song about a Robin Hood Type Character who was hanged.

There is no connection, unless you count the “rant” part.  The world’s a strange place and sometimes a “rant” at absurdity and unfairness is just what’s required.

Here you can expect to find examples of stupidity, irony and idiocy , especially relating to Hong Kong, and with particular attention to the SCMP, and its’ letters page. A common problem with many blogs is their failure to find something new to say, I find the SCMP, and it’s letters page, provides plenty of ammunition on a daily basis and will reference them frequently. If you have your own letter not getting published, put it on our comments section.





Jimmy Reid RIP

Yes. The previous post referred to a speech given by a Scottish Socialist.  The segment posted referred to a speech he gave at his inauguration as Rector of Glasgow University in 1971.  Reid was elected by students after successfully leading a work-in at Upper Clyde Shipyards and forced the government into an unprecedented climb down.  His speech was hailed by The New York Times, who printed it in full, as: ” The greatest speech since the Gettysburg address.”  ”A rat race is for rats,” Reid said in his speech. “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 self-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. It entails the loss of your dignity and human spirit. Or as Christ puts it, ‘What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?’

Full Rectorial addresss here

Obituary Here

I suppose my point in posting, was just to illustrate how things stay the same.  Everything he railed and rallied against in the ’70′s is equally, if not more relevant today, and could have been written yesterday by a erudite, concerned journalist in Hong Kong, if there was such a person.  Socialism failed, capitalism is king, but can we not have capitalism without the obscene greed and wealth gap?


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