Letters: A letter to Boris Johnson
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By Stuart Millson
Dear Mr. Johnson,
Congratulations on winning the mayoral election in London and defeating that Camden Town Sinn Feiner, Ken Livingstone.
But I have to say that I was very disappointed by your article in yesterday’s Telegraph, which seemed to be rejoicing in all the things which make Britain and London less Conservative / conservative. I just cannot get excited by the gherkin, the “shard”, and all of the other rather alien structures which now line the London we once knew. (Sorry to sound so nostalgic!)
Also, you say that the 1960s made everything roar into life – with John Lennon or Mick Jagger blowing away the fuddy-duddy Gilbert and Sullivan. But what about all the great music written in the Second Elizabethan Age by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten – not to mention, more recently, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and James MacMillan?
We also have the Aldeburgh Festival, the English Music Festival, the Proms – the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and London’s other great ensembles, which you did not mention!
Surely modern Britain is not all about the Tate Modern and X-Factor-type music?
Could you write an article next week, perhaps, to give heart and cheer to the vast number of us in Great Britain who do not see the 1960s and its aftermath as an unqualified success.
(Loyal Telegraph reader.)
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