Heard in Europe

On the fields of Waterloo today, 200 years after the battle that changed European history, you could find, surrounded by armed men, a short, power-mad dictator – talking to Napoleon.

‘Twas none other than UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage engaging the Corsican military genius (in conversation, rather than battle).

And Nigel even tweeted about it!

But what on Earth could a man who dreamt of uniting Europe under his rule, and an MEP who dreams of taking the UK out of the EU, possibly have to talk about?

Well, they certainly seemed to get on because Bony – as the Brits nicknamed him – awarded Nigel a medal and a five franc coin from 1812!

Perhaps it’s no surprise they seemed so chummy. After all, it turned out that Farage’s failure to snag a Westminster seat didn’t turn out to be his Waterloo!

Nigel and Napoleon met during the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the battle when a where a combined British, Prussian and Dutch force sent the French packing.

Note to lawyers: Of course Heard in Europe isn’t really suggesting that Nigel is a pint-sized megalomaniac intent on conquering Europe. But we do know he’s a good sport.

Photo courtesy of Serge Ninanne and Flickr. Published under Creative Commons licence.

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