Two hundred and one years ago today a mainly British army was preparing for battle at Waterloo. As the battle began, and the French artillery shots began to hit the British lines, Wellington is reported to have said to his officers: "Hard pounding, gentlemen. Let's see who can pound the hardest." By the end of the day the field was drenched in blood, but Wellington's exhausted men had pounded the hardest and were triumphant. These two magnificent French eagles were taken on that field, and they accompanied Wellington's dispatch to London that gave notice of the great victory.
Today, the ordinary people of Britain stand ready to receive another hard pounding. The forces of Federast reaction have tried everything to break our will, and it has all failed. Now the only shots they have left are lies, smears and innuendo. The horrible murder of Jo Cox MP on Thursday will be used to smear every Brexiteer as an ally of the lunatic who has been accused of killing her. We must be ready for that pounding, which will be vicious in the extreme.
As we hold our lines - and the lines must be held for our country's sake - we can take comfort from the knowledge that these are the final shots that the opposing forces have at their disposal. We must stand up to this cannonade and not flinch, because we are sure that right is on our side.
We can take comfort from the final order that Wellington gave on that day as he saw the French turn back from their final, doomed assault on his army.
"The whole line will advance," he ordered.
"In which direct, my lord?" asked an aide, disoriented by the smoke.
"Why, straight ahead, to be sure," said the Duke.
On the 23rd June 2016 the people of Britain will advance straight ahead towards a victory that many of us could only dream about a few short years ago.
Think how sweet that moment will be as you endure the hard pounding that will begin today.