Chigwell’s Mr Simon Coppell spoke to all three WP branches about this fascinating and little-known conflict in Spain, in the years leading up to the Second World War. We learnt how influential the war had been in British culture (from the Manic Street Preachers’ song (inspired by a contemporary poster), to George Orwell’s joining the 3,000 British volunteers in the ‘fight against fascism’). Its role as a prelude to (and, for the Nazis, as a practice for) the Second World War was made clear. We ended by discussing:
- whether there were any issues for which we ourselves would travel to another country and fight
- whether the 90-year-old veterans of the conflict should be tried for war crimes
- whether the young should be more angry than they are about the condition of the world they are inheriting.