In the semi finals, both Liverpool and Tottenham overcame deficits from the first leg to beat both Barcelona and Ajax respectively. While Arsenal thrashed Valencia over both legs, Chelsea had to take a penalty shoot out to beat Eintracht Frankfurt.
Does this herald a bright future for English football? Nope.
Over the next few days, we will have endless media coverage of the baby in the hope that the British people can be diverted from the continued open political and social fallout over brexit, and the fact that our parliamentarians continue to have their noses in the trough. On top of that, the UK may have to take part in the elections to the European Parliament, even though we voted by a narrow margin to leave the European Union in 2016. Surely it is now time for the people to start genuinely clearing the swamp.
Both the governing and the main opposition parties were kicked in the ballots in yesterday’s local elections in England. Conservative and Labour have at the time of writing, lost over 1100 seats combined. The big winners were the Liberal Democrats, who have gained over 580 seats, the Greens over 150 and independents and others over 540.
This will be the last chance for parliament to avoid a hard and damaging brexit. After desperately negotiating with the European Union to change the terms of her original deal, (which was first delayed, then voted down), Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May returned to parliament hoping that this time she will succeed in getting it voted through.
Yet the day hasn’t started well for Mrs May. Some of her own MPs and the Democratic Unionist coalition partners have said they won’t vote for the deal. Many Labour MPs, despite their loathing of Jeremy Corbyn, won’t vote for the deal to spite him. All of this, if predicted by commentators, would lead to another humiliating defeat for the government.
Whatever happens in tonight’s vote, the UK will still depart the EU on March 29th. The government will not be granted a delay… and the country will definitely be screwed.