Karl Dönitz was the Third Reich's last President, occupying the position of the Nazi empire's Head of State for just three weeks following Hitler's suicide. As he waited in his Flensburg headquarters for the final collapse he must have looked back on the days of pomp and braggadocio, the brave banners and bold anthems, with all Europe under one government. Economically, of course, the Third Reich was a Ponzi scheme; even in 1941 the top rate of Income Tax in Germany was 13.5%, compared to 23.7% in the UK.
Against all reason and sanity, Blair's support of the UK joining the Euro is quite transparently not what it seems. He still harbours hungry ambitions to be Europe's President, and his declaration is intended more for consumption in Paris and Berlin rather than in London. I'll even bet Cherie has her eyes on the Egmont Palace in Brussels, presently used by the Belgian foreign ministry, as a suitable home for the new President and First Lady of Europe.
In the chaos and collapse that the EU now faces, who knows but that he may achieve his ambition before the final curtain falls on the Fourth Reich. Dönitz penned a book entitled 'Ten years and Twenty Days', referring to the years of Nazi power and the length of his Presidency of the Reich. It strikes me that only the second part of the title would need changing for a post-EU Blair memoir; would he do any better than Dönitz' three weeks?