He was a fearless leader of his union, shying away from the usual trappings of power and life style that far too many trade union leaders fall victim to.
He was a great friend of Irish workers and the cause of Irish unity. He was a frequent visitor to Ireland, especially to the annual Jim Connell Red Flag Festival, Crossakiel, Co Meath.
He stood out from most of the contemporary trade union leaders with his strong opposition to the European Union and imperialism. A strong supporter of Cuba and Venezuela. He followed in and filled the footsteps of the giants of the workers movement in Britain and in particular of the railway workers.