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DPP highlight Academic and Political biography of Former President Peter Mutharika

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Former Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika studied law at the University of London, and successfully completed the bachelor’s degree in 1965. In 1966, he graduated with an LL.M degree from Yale University. In 1969 he obtained a JSD (PhD) degree from Yale University. He was 29 years old, and it was an extraordinary achievement for an African receiving a doctorate at that age in the 1960s.

Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika selected an academic career, therefore taught at several universities in Africa and beyond.

 These are

(i) University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania),

(ii) Haile Selassie University (Ethiopia),

(iii) Rutgers University (USA),

(iv) the United Nations Institute for Training and Research Program for Foreign Service Officers from Africa and Asia at Makerere University (Uganda), and

(v) Washington University (USA). As an academic, he has also served as

(i) an Academic Visitor at the London School of Economics (UK),

(ii) advisor to the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law initiative for Africa and

(iii) the Chairperson of the Institute for Democracy and Policy Studies. Professor Mutharika has also lectured at the Council of Foreign Relations of the United States of America, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs in the United Kingdom. In 2008, he received the 2008 International Jurist Award, a prestigious outfit.

Professor Mutharika spent over 30 years at Washington State University (USA), during which he rose to the position of full professor, also becoming Charles Nagel Professor of International Comparative Law and Chairman of the PhD in Law Program for twenty years. During this period, he has personally supervised over 50 PhDs from all over the world.

His Excellency Professor Mutharika is an expert in International Economic Law, International Law and Comparative Constitutional Law.

As a seasoned academic, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has numerous publications to his credit. Among his selected publications are:

i. Mutharika, A. P., Foreign Investment Security in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Emerging Policy and Legal Frameworks (book)

ii. Mutharika, A. P. (2003). “Accountability for Political Abuses in Pre-Democratic Malawi: The Primacy of Truth.” Third World Legal Studies.16: 203- 218.

iii. Mutharika, A.P. (1980). “The Regulation of Statelessness Under International and National Law: Statelessness, refugees, and related nationality problems.” Volume 2, Oceana Publications

iv. Mutharika, A. P. (1997). “Creating an Attractive Investment Climate in the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Region”. 12 Foreign Investment Law Journal, 1.

v. Peter Mutharika, A.P. (1996). “The 1995 Democratic Constitution of Malawi.” Journal of African Law, 40 (2), 205-220.

vi. Peter Mutharika (1996). “The Role of the United Nations Security Council in African Peace Management: Some Proposals”. Michigan Journal of International Law, 537

vii. Peter Mutharika (2003). “Accountability for Political Abuses in Pre-Democratic Malawi: The Primacy of Truth.” Volume 16 Into the 21st Century: Reconstruction and Reparations in International Law. Third World Legal Studies

viii. Peter Mutharika, A.P. (1998). “Some Thoughts on Rebuilding African State Capability.” Washington State University Law Review. 76 (1): 281-291.

ix. Mutharika, A.P. (1995). “The Role of International Law in the Twenty-First Century: An African Perspective.” 18 Fordham International Law Journal, 1706

x. Mutharika, A.P. (2001). “The Alien under American Law.” Washington State University Law

xi. Mutharika, A.P. (1978). “International law of development.” Oceana Publications

xii. Mutharika, A.P. (2003). “Approaches to Restorative Justice in Malawi”, 13th Commonwealth Law Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

xiii. Mutharika, A.P. (2002). “Legal System of Malawi”, 3 Legal Systems of the World 949

xiv. Mutharika, A.P. (1998). “Some Thoughts on Rebuilding African State Capability,” 76 Washington University Law Quarterly 281

Political career

Professor Mutharika retired from active academic life at the Washington University School of Law on 1 July 2011 to concentrate on politics back in Malawi.

Professor Mutharika served as a key resource person at the Malawi Constitutional Conference in February 1995 at the invitation of the Constitutional Committee of Malawi. Prior to this, Professor Mutharika served as General Counsel of the Malawi Action Committee, the main Malawi external pressure group during the struggle for democratization in Malawi.

Following the death of his beloved brother, Late President Ngwazi Prof. Bingu Wa Mutharika in April 2012, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika assumed the position of interim President of the Democratic Progressive Party until 18th April 2013 when he was duly elected as the DPP President and Presidential candidate for the May 2014 Tripartite Elections. Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was declared by the Malawi Electoral Commission as Malawi’s fifth President since independence, and the fourth since attainment of democracy in Malawi.

Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika served as an adviser to his elder brother, President Bingu wa Mutharika, on foreign and domestic policy from 2004 until the President’s death on 5th April 2012. Professor Mutharika held various cabinet positions such as Minister of Justice, Minister of Education, Science and Technology and Minister of Foreign Affairs. As the Minister of Education, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of the establishment of 6 public universities, 2 of which; Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Malawi University of Science and Technology are now operational. A new and a third University, at Mombera, Mzimba is under construction.

International and Community Service

As a distinguished son of Malawi and Africa, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has dedicated himself to utilizing his international acumen to promote global, regional, and national peace and unity as well as conflict resolution. To this end, the Professor was part of a 3-man tribunal arbitrating international cases. Until August 2011, Professor Mutharika was involved in two international court cases with the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes that involved Zimbabwean government for breaches of bilateral investment treaties between nationals of Switzerland and Germany. He still sits as a member of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Professor Mutharika, as a freedom fighter offered free legal services to Socialist League of Malawi (LESOMA) led by Atati Mpakati and Malawi Freedom Movement (MAFREM), led by Orton Chirwa. He was the lead person in framing the party constitutions. Not surprisingly, Professor Mutharika was a good and valuable friend of Chakufwa Chihana, Jomo Chikwakwa, Henry Masauko Chipembere and Atati Mpakati. He left Tanzania for the USA following the death of Masauko Chipemphere and Atati Mpakati, as well as the arrest of Orton Chirwa in late 1981.

Economic Development and Higher Education

His Excellency, Professor Peter Arthur Mutharika espouses commitment to education and its critical role to economic development of the country and Africa.

His values and commitments in education include:

• Increasing access and ensuring adequate female participation.

• Quality enhancement.

• Internationalization of higher education, and

• Academic excellence

– ranking

– supportive of economic development


His Excellency, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was in 2016 awarded the African Leadership award and Medal of Honor by the African Leadership group of London for exceptional leadership and impacting lives positively.

His Excellency, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was also inducted into the Hall of Fame which represents the highest seal of approval, confidence, and commendation from the board of the African Leadership Magazine Group.

He also received a Certificate of Honour of Citation from the Caucus of the State of Georgia, House of Representatives, USA.

In July 2016, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Human Letters (Honoris Causa) by the University of Addis Ababa – Ethiopia, for his Excellency’s selfless contribution to Africa and the world and for leading Malawi from aid to trade diversifying Malawi’s economy, initiating programmes for empowering the youth, fighting climate change, fighting corruption, and providing affordable housing for people.

In November 2009, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was awarded the Charles Nagel Professorship of International and Comparative Law by Washington University of Law for High Level Experience in Law and his undisputed achievements in academia. Mutharika is one of Malawi’s most highly educated international lawyers with different international accolades to his name. He is the first African person to be granted this honour.

A year before this (2008), His Excellency received an International Jurist Award from the International Council of Jurists based in the United Kingdom for His Excellency’s unique contribution to academia particularly the field of legal education and development in the world – First African to receive this award.


Your Excellencies, Distinguished ladies, and Gentlemen, In April 2016, His Excellency was appointed African Development Bank Youth Programme Champion for his Excellency’s commitment to youth empowerment in Africa.

In July 2015, His Excellency was appointed Champion for Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) by The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS – (UNAIDS) for His Excellency’s vision to ensure local drug manufacturing security in least developed countries. Through His Excellency’s engagement using his role as Trips Champion – His Excellency negotiated an extension of 17 years for least developed countries to continue manufacturing drugs locally.

In July 2015, His Excellency was appointed Champion for Higher Education in Africa by Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building (RUFORUM) in recognition for His Excellency’s experienced Background in Higher Education- His Excellency is now a key driver for advancing higher education in Africa. RUFORUM has confidence in President Mutharika’s ability to deliver beyond any expectations.

Your Excellencies, Distinguished ladies, and Gentlemen, in June 2015, His Excellency, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was crowned champion of HeForShe Global Impact by United Nations / UN Women following His Excellency’s commitment to gender equality and empowerment of women, specifically to end child marriages. HeForShe Campaign calls on men to join and be at the forefront of the gender equality movement.

In March 2015, His Excellency was crowned Champion for UNFPA Youth Programme by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for His Excellency’s exceptional credentials that improve the living standards of the youths in Malawi, Africa, and the world.

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika is a Co-convenor of the Global Commission on Education Financing with the Prime Minister of Norway, and Presidents of Chile and Indonesia, and the Director General of UNESCO.

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was also appointed Champion for Global Education Partnership.

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, we have before us, an outstanding African Statesman.

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KISS Gene Simmons: Ace and Peter cut from new film ‘They keep making horrible choices’

Another day, another unfiltered interview from the king of outrageous soundbites. Gene has been doing a major round of interviews, along with bandmate Paul Stanley, as they prepare to restart the band’s final farewell tour, which has been interrupted by the global pandemic. Earlier this year, they also appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York to promote the no holds barred new documentary, which clocks in at four hours, but contains surprisingly little input from Ace and Peter.

Gene gave a new interview to Talking Wax and the subject of Gene’s 1978 solo album came up. This opened up the whole topic of why all four original members of the band had decided to take a break to pursue solo projects which unsurprisingl lead into Gene opening fire on his two former bandmates.

Gene said: “The band almost broke up at that point… The solo record was (KISS manager) Bill Aucoin’s idea to save the band. So all of us went off and did whatever.

“Both Ace and Peter were in their dysfunction period. It had to do with drugs and alcohol and an inflated (sense of importance)… Ace in particular wanted to leave the band and Peter also wanted to leave the band in a kind of ‘nobody appreciates me, I’m not getting my share’ kind of thing…

“I remember on the way out, Ace told me, ‘You’ll see, I’m gonna sell ten million albums.’”

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Ace quit the band in 1982, rejoined in 1996 and left for good in 2002. Peter, meanwhile, officially left in May 1980 but Gene and Paul say he was voted out of the band the year before. He also rejoined in 1996, quit again in 2001, came back in 2002 and finally left for good in 2004.

Since then, tensions have often been high between the two remaining members and their former bandmates, although they all reunited on April 10, 2014, for the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony.

The current world tour and new documentary are all geared to celebrates the band’s 50th Anniversary, and Gene says he and Paul had wanted the other two to get more involved with the film.

Gene added: “We just had this documentary that came out that’s a headlining thing at the Tribeca Film Festival, and, of course, without even thinking twice about it, we reached out to both Ace and Peter. (We said) ‘Hey, come and be part of this thing. You helped create the band. No question about it.’

“And they refused. Ace wanted certain (conditions)… ‘I want this. I want that. I want editing rights,’ and that kind of stuff. And, God love him, that wasn’t gonna happen.

“I didn’t get those rights and didn’t want them. I just wanted to throw caution to the wind and get the thing done. So they barely appear in it.”

The Beatles Get Back: Peter Jackson reveals what ‘people won’t be expecting’ in show

In November Jackson’s revitalised version of Let It Be will be released on Disney Plus under a new title: Get Back. The three-part documentary tells the 30-day story of how The Beatles wrote and recorded their final album, Let It Be in 1969. The films will detail how happy the band were together, just months before they split up and started suing one another. Jackson has now spoken out in a new interview about the film’s style and content.

Jackson began by saying: “It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969 and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”

The original Let It Be film went down in history as the band breaking down in real-time on-screen.

However, Jackson says this isn’t the case. After combing through more than 55 hours of film, he has a much different story to tell.

He said: “There’s probably more conversations with The Beatles in the films than there is actual singing. People won’t be expecting that, I think.” (Via GQ Hype)

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Jackson continued: “That sort of intimacy, that fly-on-the-wall aspect of it, where you’re in a time machine and you’ve gone back and you’re a fly on the wall with The Beatles. That will, I think, surprise people, because it is very intimate.

“It’s The Beatles as you’ve never seen them before. And the other thing that I think will surprise people is how funny the films are, which, considering the reputation of this footage and the Let It Be movie, you don’t associate with January 1969, but they’re very funny films.”

The Lord of the Rings director then added: “They’re all good friends and they remain good friends all the way throughout the series. This is before the Allen Klein period when they start to argue.”

Jackson’s reference to Apple Corps’ Klein is the tumultuous period of time that involved the band suing one another over the ownership of The Beatles’ songs.

What do you think? Will fans enjoy the new version of the events? Join the debate in the comments section here

The argument in question took place between Paul McCartney and George Harrison over the structure of a song.

Jackson revealed: “The moment when George is arguing with Paul, which you see in the original film, is actually the worst of [their arguments].

“You know, when George says: ‘I’ll play whatever you want me to play. Or I won’t play at all if you don’t want me play’ … ‘I’ll do anything to please you’ sort of thing.

“I’ve tried to use nothing at all from Let It Be, so Get Back is completely different. I didn’t want to usurp the original film, so this is a companion piece. But the one area we did break that rule is that little exchange between Paul and George, because I didn’t want to be accused of sanitising the films by not having that, because that’s the bit everyone remembers.”

Jackson also revealed he hadn’t done much visual editing on the film.

Other than “colour balancing skin tones” he had not altered any colours in the picture, making the 1960s clothing styles to really pop on screen.

The Beatles Get Back arrives on Disney Plus in three parts on November 25, 26 and 27.


Peter Levy responds to viewers annoyed by Look North Euros disruption

Stalwart BBC presenter Peter Levy has responded to viewer grievances about the disruption to the BBC Look North schedule because of Euro 2020.

The Look North anchor, 65, took to Twitter last night to respond to one regular viewer and confirmed that “it’s going to be a bit all over the places for a few weeks”.

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He promised viewers: “I’ll keep you posted on air and on here.”

Today’s local bulletins will be delayed by the Turkey vs Wales match which is being shown live on BBC One from 5pm, local news will be shown at the later time of 7.55pm.

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In the original complaint the viewer said that coverage of the Euro 2020 “messes up tv dinner watching local news at 18.30” leaving their routine in tatters.

The complainant suggested that most households now have access to BBC Wales where they believed the match should be shown so the BBC could “leave us all to enjoy fish and chips, on a comfy sofa at our usual time.”

In a sympathetic reply, Peter Levy wrote: “Yes sorry about timings, it’s going to be a bit all over the places for a few weeks.

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“I’ll keep you posted on air and on here. Tomorrow night is 7 55pm.”

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Disruption to regular broadcasts is also to be expected on Friday (18 June) when Croatia face the Czech Republic at 5pm on BBC One.

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Dysfunctional US economy propped up by countries supplying it with goods it can’t produce itself – Peter Schiff

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America has turned into a consumption economy, according to veteran stockbroker Peter Schiff, who points out that economies can’t run on consumption because then they become “bubble economies.”

According to Schiff, a vibrant healthy economy needs production “Because you cannot consume what is not first produced.” 

“Since our economy is so weak and we’re unable to produce the things that we’re consuming, America relies on strong international economies that are able to produce what we consume,” he said.

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“How long will the rest of the world subsidize America’s standard of living?” the economist asked. “How long will other countries prop up a dysfunctional, weakening US economy by supplying it with goods it cannot produce for itself?”

He continued: “And then the dollar crashes and that’s the end of this game. Because to the extent that we can only spend our dollars on the things that we produce ourselves, that’s where it hits the fan, because we’re not producing things. And then price increases are going to explode in a much more visible manner.”

Schiff said this is already happening, as “Prices are going up all over and we want to pretend that, well, this is a one-time thing. It’s transitory. It’s because of supply shocks or shortages. No. It’s a surplus of money. That is the problem. And we’re creating even more.”

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Money printing and shopping are driving the US economy, Schiff said, and Americans are sitting at home getting stimulus checks and spending the money but they’re not producing anything. “Americans are buying stuff that they didn’t produce. There’s no productivity related to this money printing. And so, we’re going to see a surge in prices.”

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US ‘on autopilot to inflation’ thanks to Fed’s constant money printing, Peter Schiff tells Boom Bust

The US Federal Reserve believes that the country’s economic recovery could spur temporary inflation, promising that it has tools to deal with it if it goes beyond the desired threshold.

RT’s Boom Bust discussed the aftermath of such a loose monetary policy with economist Peter Schiff. He believes that the US economy is still too weak, and inflation is actually “masquerading” as the recovery.

“All we’re doing is spending the money that the Federal Reserve prints, but that money-printing, that is inflation. And that’s what’s driving the appearance of the economic growth,” he said during the latest show.

According to Schiff, the Fed will never use the tools it is talking about, because such a move would destroy “the house of cards” it has built. In order to get things right, the US needs to reverse all the stimulus measures, as well as cut money supply by hiking taxes and allowing interest rates to rise. However, all of this is unlikely to happen, and consumer prices are ultimately going to “go though the roof,” the analyst noted.

“We’re on autopilot here on the road to inflation,” Schiff concluded, recalling the government’s assurances before previous financial crises hit.

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Katy Hill: Blue Peter presenter left with facial scar after hitting her head on toilet

Katy Hill was scarred for life when she tripped and fell while playing with her daughter at home. The former Blue Peter presenter, who took on a number of dangerous tasks during her early career such as jumping out of planes, said the irony of being injured in this way was not lost on her.
Katy has been left with a scar that runs down the centre of her forehead.

The 49-year-old mum-of-two was running up the stairs to amuse her children when she tripped and “smashed” her head on the toilet lid.

She later admitted that she thought it was the end, while sharing pictures of her injury on Instagram.

The cut required a number of stitches both internally and externally and has left her with a facial scar.

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Talking about the incident, Katy said that she was extremely lucky that she hit her head square on when she “face planted”.

“It was a bad one and I was very grateful that the impact went down the centre of my forehead.

“As I found out from the doctors, if it had been slightly to either side, I might not be here now because the skull is thin in those parts.

“The irony isn’t lost on me that I used to jump out of planes and all sorts, and yet I injure myself in this way,” she told The Sun.

“One year ago I smashed my head and genuinely thought it was the end,” she wrote on the picture-sharing site in view of her 27,000 followers.

“The irony that I spent my early career throwing myself out of planes, flying fast jets and generally doing all I could to put myself in danger wasn’t lost on me.

“The head injury? Bringing the morning lols with my daughter Kaya, racing her to the loo to bring the mummy fun then tripping and face planting the toilet lid. FULL FORCE.

“It was the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me, largely because it was in the safety of my own home, bringing the fun, at 7.30 in the morning and, as I waited for the ambulance to check me I truly thought it was the end.”

Bitcoin is a ‘Chinese financial weapon’ that threatens the US dollar – billionaire Peter Thiel

The Chinese government may be supporting bitcoin as a means to undermine the foreign and monetary policy of the United States, PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel has said.

He added that Beijing has tried to use the euro in the same way.

Speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Richard Nixon Foundation, Thiel, who is a major investor in virtual currency ventures as well as in cryptocurrencies themselves, said that the US should consider tighter regulations on cryptos. 

While commenting on whether China’s central bank-issued digital currency (CBDC) could threaten the US dollar’s status as a global reserve currency, the businessman suggested that an “internal stablecoin in China” will amount to little more than “some sort of totalitarian measuring device.”

He said: “From China’s point of view, they don’t like the US having this reserve currency, because it gives a lot of leverage over oil supply chains and all sorts of things like that. 

“Even though I’m a pro-crypto, pro-bitcoin maximalist person, I do wonder whether if, at this point, bitcoin should also be thought-of in part as a Chinese financial weapon against the US, where it threatens fiat money, but it especially threatens the US dollar.”

Thiel also said that China attempted to denominate oil trades in euros in recent years, in a bid to undermine the global standing of the dollar. “I think the euro, you can think of as part of a Chinese weapon against the dollar – the last decade didn’t really work that way, but China would have liked to see two reserve currencies, like the euro.”
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The billionaire entrepreneur speculated that Beijing does not actually want its renminbi to become the global reserve currency, claiming that the government would have to “open their capital accounts,” among other measures “they really don’t want to do.”

He said: “China wants to do things to weaken [the dollar] – China’s long [bet is] bitcoin, and perhaps, from a geopolitical perspective, the US should be asking some tougher questions about exactly how that works.”

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Unforgotten star Peter Egan 'heartbroken' as wife Myra dies after battle with cancer

One penned: “Dearest Peter, my heart breaks for you watching this video. I cannot express my empathy in words, but know that I am here, if I can help in any way. Myra will always be an incredible inspiration to me. She is a beautiful spirit. Thank you for such a brave post.”

Another penned: “Oh Peter. I’m so dreadfully sorry for your loss.”

While a third added: “So very sorry for your pain. She will always be your sweetheart. Forever. Until you meet again, and you will.”

Peter met Myra in 1972 when they were both working on TV drama The Organisation.

The couple share a daughter together and the pair actively campaigned for animal welfare organisations.

Peter Lorimer the true meaning of a legend as Leeds record goalscorer dies aged 74

LEGEND has always been a term used too lightly.

But whether as a card player, a tennis opponent, a drinking partner or just one of the lads, Peter Lorimer – Lorro – was always unquestionably a legend.

That was how I became lucky enough to know him.

And apparently, he could play football a bit as well.

His untimely passing at the age of just 74 after a long illness has meant those old show reels have been aired again.

Scotland manager Tommy Docherty once described him as “the greatest player in the world” and in the 1970s scientists found his shot to be the hardest in the game.

“90 miles an hour!” the Leeds fans would cheer as each rasping drive found the top corner. His own celebration was generally a mix of giddy excitement and often ended with a handclap high above his head to acknowledge the fans who appreciated him.

Having grown up in a bedsit near Carnoustie golf course with his parents and four siblings, football would take Lorro all around the world.

He had spells with Cape Town City, Toronto Blizzard, York City, Vancouver Whitecaps, University College Dublin, Whitby Town, Hapoel Haifa.

But he will always be Leeds, Leeds, Leeds.

Having made his debut as just a 15-year-old, he amassed 705 caps in two spells at the club.

He won two league titles, two Inter-City Fairs Cups, the FA Cup and the League Cup, but, rather cruelly, his two stand-out moments were ‘what might have beens’.

It was his thunderous follow-up shot which Jim Montgomery miraculously saved in the 1973 FA Cup final to enable Sunderland to hold on to a shock victory.

Then Franz Beckenabauer talked the officials out of awarding Lorimer a clearly legitimate goal in the 1975 European Cup final because the completely passive Billy Bremner was standing narrowly offside.

It would be a while until Leeds were anywhere near the sharp end of European again.

Lorimer, though, was still very much in the thick of things, when David O’Leary and Peter Ridsdale were “living the dream”.

Alongside young commentator Ian Dennis, his soothing Scottish burr, smoothed by so many years in Yorkshire, would offer pertinent viewpoints to listeners to BBC Radio Leeds from some of the grandest stages on the continent.

When not on duty during these trips, he was always seemed relaxed but underneath was a sharp, mischievous humour that was all too often in search of a stooge.

His competitive nature made him the gravitational hub of the card school, but he stayed more towards the periphery in the late-night football debates, self-effacing enough to listen to the opinions of those without a trace of his own authority.

The socialising would occasionally spill over to killer pool sessions in the Commercial Inn, the pub he ran for years on Elland Road which became a particular haunt for overseas fans visiting Leeds on match days.

Although Lorimer was not just there for the good times and it should not be underestimated how important he was in the dark year following the financial implosion under Ridsdale.

As various parties squabbled over ownership and squandered assets, Lorimer was given a place on the board.

His calm dignity, even-handedness and the trust he had from the fans saved the club from losing its soul or, worse still, ripping itself apart completely by providing a moral compass which always pointed to the institution he had helped the great Don Revie to build.

Thank goodness Lorro was at least with us long enough to see his beloved club very much back on its feet.