HE beat the Tory axemen and saved a Scottish way of life - at least for a while.
And in the process, Jimmy Reid, who has died aged 78, became a folk hero to workers worldwide.
Reid was a Clydesider, a shipbuilder, a union man, a leader, a communist, a self-taught intellectual, a journalist, a husband, a dad and a grandad.
Pundits called him "the best MP Scotland never had".
But perhaps above all, Reid was a man who understood that there is far more to working life than making profits for shareholders.
He understood that Glasgow's shipyards were the city's backbone, and he knew how to win the battle to defend them.
"We don't only build ships on the Clyde," he told the workers of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in 1971 as they began the long fight to save their jobs. "We build men."
To Edward Heath's Tory Government, only one thing about the five UCS yards - Jo
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