There was much delight amongst the European Left, and jubilation in the Euro MSM, when Romani Prodi scraped home to win the Italian election by the narrowest of margins.
Now we see that a former hardline Communist, Fausto Bertinotti, has been elected to be the speaker of the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies. Apparently Bertinotti's supporters love him for continuing the proud tradition of waving the hammer and sickle in a country that, during the Cold War, was home to the West's biggest communist party.
I think we can all work out why the media were so encouraged to see Prodi back in power. The Communism enablers are on the way back - dressed in expensive, fashionable and expensive clothes, of course.