Donald Dewar's spokesman David Whitton based his reading at the funeral on Equality by RH Tawney. His reading also included reaction from Mr Dewar.

''Well, I wonder what Donald would have made of all of this? I think I know. But I know too what he valued as most important and that was people. The people here to remember him, the people outside who thought well of him, the people who wrote about him.

But most importantly the people whose causes and whose communities he fought for all his life. So for this celebration event, Marion and Ian can think of nothing better than one of Donald's own favourite texts, Equality by RH Tawney.

Typically Dewaresque, he described it as 'old fashioned but relevant'. It seems to be about tadpoles but it is really about everything that Donald believed in. Which is that everyone - no matter their background - should get an equal chance in life.

It says: 'It is possible that intelligent tadpoles reconcile themselves to the inconvenience of their position that, though most of them will live and die as tadpoles and nothing more, the more fortunate of the species will one day shed their tails, distend their mouths and stomach, hop nimbly on to dry land and croak addresses to their former friends on the virtues by means of which tadpoles of character and capacity rise to be frogs.

This conception of society may be described perhaps as the tadpole philosophy since the consolation which it offers for social evils consists in the statement that exceptional individuals can succeed in evading them.

Donald then said: 'If we look at our society, the tadpole philosophy is a very, very real threat, and I can see it, indeed, in parts of my constituency where people of real capacity don't make it simply because hope and expectation is snuffed out, and if there is one theme which I think ought to be the mark of any Government in this day and age it should be the fight against social exclusion and I hope that would be a benchmark against which people would measure policy.'

Donald's commitment to Social Justice remains at the heart of our policy and that is the real legacy he leaves behind.''