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BurnsOn Sat 23rd Jan our Falkirk Branch hosted a great night at Camelon Juniors Social Club, those in attendance were treated to traditional Scottish fare served up by Chef & member John Marshall and an army of volunteer waiters/waitresses. The haggis was very expertly piped in and back out of the hall, by Jimi McRae – list candidate for Lothians Region, then in keeping with tradition toasts were offered from Glasgow lead list candidate Tommy Sheridan with ‘The Immortal Memory’ and a toast to Robert Burns, Central Scotland lead list candidate Pat Lee with ‘An Ode & Toast To The Haggis’, Eddie Travers with ‘A Toast To The Lassies’ and last but certainly not least Central Scotland list candidate Edith Steel with ‘A Reply & Toast To The Laddies.

All of the speeches & toasts were very warmly received by those lucky enough to have enjoyed a great evening, courtesy of entertainment host and South Of Scotland lead candidate Cheryl Scott, the dancing went on until the wee small hours of the morning, Guests were invited from Falkirk Foodbank and Strathcarron Hospice, we would like to thank everyone for their very generous donations to both charities.

Thanks go out to Edith Steel and her team at Falkirk, who organised an absolutely superb Burns Supper night, we are sure that all who were there will look forward to next year and more of the same.

Below we have videos of the piping in of the haggis and all of the toasts from the evening, along with a transcript of Tommy Sheridan’s ‘Immortal Memory’.

BURNS IMMORTAL MEMORY
Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an’ a’ that;
The coward slave-we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that.
Our toils obscure an’ a’ that,
The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The Man’s the gowd for a’ that.

FROM THE TREASURE TROVE WHICH IS THE SONGS, POEMS AND SHORT STORIES OF ROBERT BURNS ‘IS THERE FOR HONEST POVERTY’ IS MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE AND THE WORK WHICH BEST SUMS UP MY VIEW OF OUR MOST FAMOUS OF SONS

LIFE AND HISTORY TEACHES US THAT THOSE WHO WISH TO BE LIKED BY ALL REQUIRE ONLY TO DO NOTHING, SAY NOTHING AND BE NOTHING. OUR RABBIE BURNS REJECTED THAT PHILOSOPHY. HIS ACTIONS, WORDS AND LIFE ARE WEDDED TO SUBSTANCE AND CONTROVERSY. HE CHALLENGED AUTHORITY AND POKED FUN AT THE POWERFUL.

BORN INTO POVERTY ON JAN. 25TH 1795 AND DIED IN POVERTY 37 YEARS LATER. YET DESPITE A MERE 37 YEARS ON OUR PLANET HE IS STILL CELEBRATED, REVERED, DEBATED AND STUDIED AND HIS MEMORY HAS BEEN TOASTED EVERY YEAR SINCE 1801.

FOR OVER 210 YEARS RABBIE BURNS HAS BEEN CELEBRATED ACROSS THE GLOBE. HIS SONGS AND POEMS STAND AS A LASTING TRIBUTE TO THE BRILLIANCE AND GENUIS OF THE MAN.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an’ a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man’s a Man for a’ that:
For a’ that, and a’ that,
Their tinsel show, an’ a’ that;
The honest man, tho’ e’er sae poor,
Is king o’ men for a’ that.

WHETHER IT IS THE DEFINITIVE HOMAGE TO LOVE AND ROMANCE ENSCONCED IN MY LOVE IS LIKE A RED, RED ROSE
“My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June:
My love is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.

How fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I;
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till all the seas gang dry.

Till all the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt with the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands of life shall run.
OR THE TIMELESS TRIBUTE TO HUMANITY ITSELF ENGRAINED IN THE WORDS OF AULD LANG SYNE AND ‘FOR HONEST POVERTY’
Ye see yon birkie, ca’d a lord,
Wha struts, an’ stares, an’ a’ that;
Tho’ hundreds worship at his word,
He’s but a coof for a’ that:
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
His ribband, star, an’ a’ that:
The man o’ independent mind
He looks an’ laughs at a’ that.

BURNS WAS A RADICAL, A REVOLUTIONARY, A PATRIOT BUT ABOVE ALL ELSE A HUMANIST. HIS WORDS ARE A SEERING CONDEMNATION OF POMP, PRIVILEGE AND UNEARNED RESPECT. THAT MANY TORIES AND ESTABLISHMENT FIGURES STILL TRY TO CLAIM HIS LEAGACY IS ONE OF LIFE’S ENDURING IRONIES

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an’ a’ that;
But an honest man’s abon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
Their dignities an’ a’ that;
The pith o’ sense, an’ pride o’ worth,
Are higher rank than a’ that.

BURNS WAS FOR HUMANITY AND EQUALITY. OH HOW HE WOULD RAGE TODAY AT THE GROTESQUE INEQUALITY WHICH SCARS OUR SOCIETY SO DEEPLY. WHERE A MERE 62 SUPER RICH INDIVIDUALS NOW HAVE A COMBINED WEALTH IN EXCESS OF 3.5 BILLION PEOPLE, HALF THE WORLD’S POPULATION.

WHERE KNOWN MILLIONAIRE TAX EVADERS LIKE THE PHILIP GREENS OF THE WORLD CAN OWN THE ARCADIA GROUP (INCLUDING BURTON, TOP MAN, TOP SHOP AND BHS) PAYS HIMSELF A £1.2 BILLION DIVIDEND, THE LARGEST PAY CHEQUE IN UK RETAIL HISTORY, IN 2005 BUT PAYS IT TO HIS TAX EXILE WIFE IN MONACO TO AVOID £300 MILLION IN TAXES.
DID HE SUFFER CONDEMNATION AND DESERVED ISOLATION FOR CHEATING THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF 20,000 NURSES? THAT’S WHAT WE DO TO SUSPECTED BENEFIT CHEATS. WE HUNT THEM, HOUND THEM AND SEEK TO SCAPEGOAT SUCH UNACCEPTABLES DESPITE THE FACT MORE WELFARE IS UNCLAIMED THAN IS FRAUDULENTLY CLAIMED. MORE WELFARE IS WRONGLY PAID THAN IS FRAUDULENTLY CLAIMED.
ACCORDING TO A MAJOR OPINION SURVEY PAID FOR BY THE TUC THE MAJORITY OF THE BRITISH POPULATION BELIEVE OVER 27% OF THE WELFARE BUDGET IS FRAUDULENTLY CLAIMED. THE REALITY IS 0.7% IS FRAUDULENTLY CLAIMED. 0.7%. LESS THAN 1%. YET WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MILLIONAIRE TAX DODGER PHILIP GREEN IN 2005? YOU GUESSED IT HE WAS KNIGHTED AND BECAME SIR PHILIP GREEN IN 2006.
BENEFIT CLAIMANTS ARE SUSPECTED OF FRAUD AND HARASSED AND HOUNDED AS IF THEY ARE GUILTY. KNOWN MILLIONAIRE TAX CHEATS ARE ON THE OTHER HAND BESTOWED WITH HONOURS AND KNIGHTED. STEP FORWARD GARY ‘TAX DODGING’ TORY BARLOW. THE MAN O INDEPENDENT MIND HE LOOKS AND LAUGHS AT A’ THAT. INDEED HE DOES BUT JUST AS BURNS NEVER GAVE UP THE HOPE OF FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE SO MUST WE STILL FIGHT FOR THAT CHANGE.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
It’s coming yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the world o’er,
Shall brothers be for a’ that.

THE LASTING TRIBUTE TO THE PEERLESS ROBERT BURNS IS HIS FAITH IN HUMANITY’S ABILITY TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER; “THAT MAN TO MAN, THE WORLD O’ER SHALL BROTHERS BE FOR A’ THAT

WE ARE HERE TONIGHT AT SOLIDARITY FALKIRK’S BURN’S CELEBRATION TO HONOUR HIM BY COLLECTING FOR THE LOCAL FOODBANK AND DONATING TO THE DESIGNATED STRATHCARRON HOSPICE BUT JUST AS IMPORTANTLY WE ALSO HONOUR BURNS BE REDOUBLING OUR EFFORTS TO BREAK UP THE CORRUPT AND CALLOUS WESTMINSTER PARLIAMENT THAT PRESIDES OVER TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH AND THEFT OF PUBLIC ASSETS CHEEK BY JOWL WITH OVER A MILLION RELIANT ON FOODBANKS AND ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS.
MILLIONS WORK DAMN HARD ONLY TO FIND THEMSELVES IN THE ENERGY SAPPING AND SPIRIT DESTROYING SWAMP OF POVERTY WHICH SHAMES US AS A RICH NATION. IN HONOUR OF THE RADICAL, THE REVOLUTIONARY AND THE HUMANIST ROBERT BURNS WE DECLARE OUR INTENT TO FIGHT ALWAYS AGAINST INJUSTICE AND TO BREAK THE UNIONIST CHAINS OF WESTMINSTER ON THE ROAD TO BUILDING A NEW, FAIRER AND NUCLEAR WEAPON FREE INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND.
OUR VISION IS AN INDEPENDENT AND SOCIALIST SCOTLAND, A MODERN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC WHERE A PERSON’S WORTH IS MEASURED BY THEIR CHARACTER, COMPASSION AND COMMITMENT TO THEIR FELLOW MAN NOT THEIR BANK BALANCE, BIRTH OR BLATANT DISREGARD FOR HUMANITY AND SOCIETY
BURNS WOULD APPROVE OF OUR RADICAL VISION.

LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, COMRADES PLEASE BE UPSTANDING AND JOIN ME IN TOASTING THE IMMORTAL MEMORY OF RABBIE BURNS.

 

 

 

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