The British defeated the creation of a European Superstate at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and The Duke of Wellington’s comment on being asked about it has usually been paraphrased as ‘a damn close run thing’, as indeed it was. Napoleon was defeated in 1815 just as have been so very many other proponents of a European Empire or Superstate ever since the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
In the Second War, The Battle of Britain is often seen as a important turning point: that was also ‘a damn close run thing’, but, with a little luck, the British succeeded in surviving the onslaught of Nazi Germany as it stood alone.
And now once again we face an important moment in European history. The British will vote in a referendum on whether to continue to prop up the undemocratic and dysfunctional European political project which aspires to create yet another European Superstate, or have the courage to leave it and in so doing create a better more humane world that is not some Orwellian dystopia in which the ‘Proles’ are controlled by a privileged elite.
It is a leap in the dark – but better surely to take that leap and live with courage, conviction and truth and not submit to tyranny.