Enjoy this exciting weekend!

Well, there’s plenty to distract us from the awfulness of Brexit this weekend. I’m probably most excited about the sheer joy, fabulousness and sparkliness of Pride taking to the streets of London. The first time I ever came across a Pride march was in London in 1992 when I was down for a Women Lib Dems Policy Committee. It was one of the happiest things I had ever seen. So much progress has been made since then, but, like all things we hold dear, we have to keep fighting. While LGBT people face hatred and discrimination on the street, in employment, in healthcare, at school, it is the liberal way to stand up for them and change things for the better.

I’m loving that the party has changed its social media avatars to go along with the Pride flags everywhere.

So, happy Pride everyone. For the first time, the Pride flag flies proudly over Richmond, thanks to the new Lib Dem Council there.

There is also the not so small matter of some football match in Russia. I have managed to avoid almost all of the World Cup so far. I mean, if football isn’t Inverness Caledonian Thistle, I generally don’t see the point of it. However, there is hope for me yet. Belgium’s defeat of Brazil last night brought an involuntary smile to me. I won’t feel the need to watch it, but good luck to England. Hope all our readers get the result you want and that you still have fingernails at the end of it. Vince is predicting that it’s going to be tense:

I’m not sure whether I hope his crystal ball is wonky or not. I mean, would people feel that they hadn’t had the whole experience if there wasn’t an edge of the seat penalty shootout?

I wonder if the Scot on the Lib Dem Press Team will be covering the match again, like he was on Tuesday.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • John Marriott 7th Jul '18 - 10:01am

    Caron, so nice to have a Scot wishing the England team well. Back in 1978 I was rooting for Ally Macleod’s Scottish team in Argentina. That Archie Gemmill goal against the Netherlands was a peach. Pity they came unstuck in the opening match against Peru. Pity that the SNP couldn’t enter into the spirit of things the other evening. Mind you, you are a Liberal after all.

    PS I wonder if Sir Andy will be cheering them on this afternoon. After all, besides nappy changing, he hasn’t got much else on at the moment!

  • paul holmes 7th Jul '18 - 1:52pm

    Caron you missed out the most interesting game today. Britain’s current No 1 men’s player is on Court at Wimbeldon later on.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 7th Jul '18 - 4:59pm

    @paul holmes – you are right. And it’ll be a hell of a story if he wins.

    Never thought the England result would be so easy.

  • Katharine Pindar 7th Jul '18 - 11:17pm

    Splendid England result this afternoon, 2-0 against Sweden! Superb, talented, composed team with a great captain in Harry Kane and great manager in Gareth Southgate. Unbelievable progress; now for the Semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday. Much rejoicing in England tonight!

  • Philip Knowles 8th Jul '18 - 8:31am

    I remember once staying in a hotel in Falkirk. England were playing Germany. As I walked into the bar there was a great cheer.
    Germany had scored. We may have fought Germany in two world wars but the ‘auld enemy’ seems to go much deeper.
    I’m not sure if Theresa May is helping much either.

  • Peter Watson 8th Jul '18 - 9:47am

    @Philip Knowles “the ‘auld enemy’ seems to go much deeper.”
    Visiting Scotland on business in 1998, I was in a hotel bar in Peterhead watching England play Argentina. Big cheers for Argentine goals, massive cheers for Beckham’s red card. But by the time the remaining ten men lost on penalties after a magnificent team performance, a bar full of Scots was cheering England and “auld” enmity was forgotten. Until the next day, anyway!

  • Great respect for Harry K. And Gareth the waistcoat Southgate, but for personal sentimental reasons great to see the backbone of the team is composed of lads from the old Yorkshire and Durham coalfield areas – and delighted for my second team Darlo that former keeper young Jordan Pickford is playing a blinder.

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