The Struggle for the Soul of Celtic

On a rather wet Glasgow afternoon, you’d be forgiven for thinking that any attendees of Celtic’s home match with Dundee would want to dart from the car and into the dry safety of the stadium, however for many this presented an opportunity to protest the regime at the club that allowed them to stagnate and fail so spectacularly last season. The Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou and his charges were met with rapturous cheers, and the full back catalogue of songs from a support who had been desperate to cheer on their men for the best part of 18 months.

Welsh Communists mark 85th anniversary of Spanish Civil War and legacy of International Brigaders

A range of speakers contributed to the event at at the Welsh International Brigades Memorial earlier this month (21 July 2021) in Cathays Park Cardiff including Will Barton, secretary of the Cardiff branch of the Communist Party (whose speech is published in full below), Robert Griffiths General Secretary of Communist Party and Marc Bilbao Asensio from the Communist Party of Spain. There were revolutionary songs from Cor Cochian Caerdydd and a poem and reading from International Brigades Cymru. Keeping alive the memory of the Welsh international brigaders: Yn cadw’r cof am y brigadwyr rhyngwladol o gymru yn fyw.

Poetry Corner: December 1936, Spain by Clive Branson

December 1936, Spain by Clive Branson, 16 June 1939

Clive Branson was born in 1907. He became a skilled painter and studied at the Slade School of Art. At the age of 23 he exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy. He joined the ILP around 1927 but moved to the Communist Party in 1932.

Clive was active in the fight against the British Union of Fascists in London and played a leading role in the local Aid to Spain campaign, so naturally he enthusiastically volunteered for the International Brigades.

Here we feature his poem December 1936, Spain, an exhortation for aid and solidarity to Spain, highlighting the common cause of all people’s in the struggle against fascism.

England host Scotland at Wembley in tonight’s Euro 2020 draw

England host Scotland in the second Group D game of Euro 2020. The game kicks off at 8pm, while Croatia and the Czech Republic meet at 5pm at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Despite Covid restrictions meaning less than half the Stadium be filled will be able to watch the game live at Wembley Stadium, tens of thousands of Scots are expected to travel to London for the game. 

Manchester City and Chelsea Fans flock to Portugal for Champions League Final

In the infinite wisdom of UEFA, the Champions League final between the two English clubs was held in Porto this year. With 12,000 fans making the trip from England to Portugal, it was the largest number of people leaving the UK in one go since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The mayor of Porto Rui Moreira said: “This is the sort of moment that will put the city in the limelight.”