One Clyde-built activist and Socialist Workers' Party member who will no longer hog the mike - wherever he is speaking from - is Jimmy Ross, who retires at the end of the month.
Ross almost saw his union career end with a whimper during the debate on Catholic schools after Fife secretary Peter Quigley referred to appointment practices in Catholic schools as "fascist".
Ross ran to the podium. "Ye cannae let that be the last speech," he cried, drawing from Quigley a stinker of a look. Being on the losing side is something Red Ross is well used to.