It would have been the 30th Prairial CCXXIII if we were using the French Revolutionary calendar, with its months Brumaire, Frimaire, and Prairial, followed by Messidor and Thermidor.
Two hundred years ago today, the Emperor Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, and the Napoleonic Wars came to an end.
Napoleon tried to unite Europe using military force. He failed, but today there are people working towards the same goal. Today their weapons are bureaucracy, the committee and the EU Directive rather than the musket and cannon.
Today, there are still people who cling to the old, flawed dream of a united European superstate.
Who despite all the evidence to the contrary, believe that we should all squeeze into the EU straitjacket.
Who deny the financial problems in Greece are anything to do with the EU.
Who gloss over the appalling unemployment rates in Spain and Italy.
Who blame everyone except themselves for the immensely sad situation in the Ukraine.
Two hundred years ago, the European superstate was defeated at Waterloo by the combined armies of many nations, and the countries of Europe settled into a peaceful coexistence that lasted many years. Now, just like Wellington battled, we see UKIP and other movements across Europe leading the fight against a new European superstate, a fight in which could end in victory for Britain in an upcoming EU referendum.
I like Europe. I like the people. I like their wines and their weather. I like the differences from the UK, that make up the individual characters of the countries within Europe. Truly, 'Vive la Difference!'
And on top of that, I believe in democracy. I believe in the people having their say on whether we should have a friendly trading relationship with the other countries in Europe, or whether we should give up our independence and sovereignty to an undemocratic superstate. Even today, there are moves in the EU corridors of power to grab yet another national power, decisions over asylum-seekers, and take it to the centre.
Today and until the Referendum we must hold the thin red line, as they did at Waterloo.
Please join the fight. Please contact your local UKIP branch and ask what you can do to help. We will need every one of you.
And I wish you a peaceful Messidor!