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By Tony Benn

Publish yr note: First released October 4th 1990
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In this, the fourth quantity of Tony Benn's diaries, the Labour govt maintains its struggle for survival. very important advancements are taking place either at domestic and across the world. In Britain, Benn as Secretary of kingdom for power is at once concerned with Windscale and judgements approximately nuclear strength and oil coverage. in a foreign country, the govt. is worried with Carter's reappraisal of yankee overseas coverage, the overthrow of the Shah of Iran and difficulties of EEC membership.

In the Labour get together itself, new forces of radicalism and reform are rising, leading to alterations in Labour's guidelines and the final word formation of the SDP.

Labour's unsuccessful monetary coverage and the widening rift with the labour stream result in the iciness of Discontent and a close to kingdom of emergency. With Labour electorate defecting, the scene is determined for the Thatcher years.

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Um wo zu landen? Irgendwo außerhalb des gewohnten Zusammenhangs, in der Einsamkeit. Einsamkeit - was sie dem noch nicht Siebzehnjährigen bedeutete, schildert eine Aufzeichnung, die aus den Spätjahren Offenbachs stammt. Der verlassene alte Mann gedenkt in ihr der Verlassenheit seiner Pariser Jugend und des Trostes, den ihm damals eine aus der Kindheit her vertraute Melodie gewährte. Mutter und Schwester hatten sie häufig gesungen, um ihn in Schlummer zu wiegen. Ein zarter, langsamer Walzer, von dem er allerdings nur die ersten acht Takte kannte; sei es, daß er nach ihnen immer gleich eingeschlafen war, sei es, daß seine Angehörigen selber nicht weiter gewußt hatten.

Ein sonderbares Geschick waltete über dieser Erscheinung. Der so Betitelte war nämlich tatsächlich gar nicht Lord Seymour, sondern - was kaum einer wußte ein junger verwahrloster Mensch namens La Battue. Unehelicher Sohn eines Engländers, hatte er nach dessen Tod ein Millionenvermögen geerbt und sodann durch kostspielige Torheiten billige Popularität zu erkaufen gesucht. Er hatte von seinen Verschwenderallüren im Karneval abgesehen, pompöse Bälle veranstaltet und seine verschiedenen Mätressen in Odaliskentracht durch Paris spazieren geführt.

Genau diese Tendenz aber war es auch, die das Wesen Offenbachs bestimmte und sich in seinen Operetten ausprägte. So lag in der Tat die Vermutung nahe, daß er sich gleich bei der ersten Begegnung mit dem Cancan einlassen werde. Das Unerwartete geschah: er ging am Cancan vorüber, ohne irgendwelche Gemeinsamkeiten zu wittern. Der Grund hierfür war der, daß ihm der Cancan in urwüchsigem Zustand entgegentrat, - ein grobschlächtiger Naturbursche, der seine dunkle Herkunft sofort dadurch verriet, daß er sich höchst unflätig benahm.

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