I for one never bought into the idea of Tony Blair as 'Bambi'; his features have always been too vulpine for him to be considered trustworthy, age merely turning a young fox into an old one.
It has again been reported that he will be appointed 'President' of Europe should the Irish ratify the Lisbon Treaty. It is therefore interesting to reflect on some thoughts on the concept of the 'United States of Europe', spoken during the First World War -
"At the end of this war I see Europe re-created, not by the diplomats, but by the proletariat. The Federal Republic of Europe - the United States of Europe - that is what it must be. National autonomy no longer suffices. Economic evolution demands the abolition of national frontiers. If Europe is to remain split into national groups, then Imperialism will recommence its work. Only a Federated Republic of Europe can give peace to the world."
That was Trotsky, speaking to John Reed in Petrograd on the eve of the Bolshevik uprising and quoted by Reed on page 45 of 'Ten Days That Shook The World'. The only difference between Trotsky's vision and that which will come into existence is that the USE will be the creation of diplomats and not the proletariat; we can't be having them muck it all up, the scum.
Later in 'Ten Days', Reed describes Trotsky addressing a meeting, 'his thin, pointed face...positively Mephistophelian in its expression of malicious irony'. As soon as I read that, an old quote came into my head, uttered by another leader with a once thin, pointed face whose career has been characterised by malice and irony - 'I'm a pretty straight kind of guy'.