There will be many words written about Nelson Mandela over the coming days and weeks…indeed in the years to come.
I met him, when I was a young Labour councillor and he received the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh. He held my hand. I cried a little.
And I cried a little tonight, on hearing that his life had come to a quiet close.
If only we all had his strength, his dignity, his humility, and most of all his wisdom. The world would be a far, far better place.