Thou of an independent mind,
With soul resolv'd, with soul resign'd;
Prepar'd Power's proudest frown to brave,
Who wilt not be, nor have a slave;
Virtue alone who dost revere,
Thy own reproach alone dost fear.
Robert Burns, "For an Altar of Independence"1
In the following pages, the recollections of Thomas Clement Douglas are reproduced from a series of taped interviews recorded between 21 September and 21 December 1958. The interviewer was C.H. (Chris) Higginbotham, a well-known journalist and radio commentator.
T.C. Douglas was a Member of Parliament from 1935 to 1944, and again from 1962 to 1979, for a total of twenty-six years. In the intervening seventeen years, a period of office so far unequalled