Tory Re­main­ers urged to act

Warm thanks for win­ter per­for­mances

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FEATURES -

SIR, – There comes a time in par­lia­ment when MPs must stand up for the na­tional (UK) in­ter­est and not for just for their own or party in­ter­ests.

Day by day it is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ob­vi­ous, with an es­sen­tially lead­er­less gov­ern­ment re­fus­ing to ac­knowl­edge the po­ten­tially dis­as­trous con­se­quences of the nar­row re­sult of the Brexit ref­er­en­dum, that such a time has ar­rived.

It is of the high­est ur­gency that those in the Con­ser­va­tive Party who voted to re­main in the EU, and who are in the ma­jor­ity both in the party and in gov­ern­ment, have the courage to stand by their prin­ci­ples and de­clare they can no longer sup­port a pol­icy which is so clearly against the na­tional in­ter­est.

There is ab­so­lutely no rea­son why the out­come of the Brexit ref­er­en­dum should be re­garded as set in stone, bear­ing in mind that the re­sult was ob­tained by ex­ag­ger­a­tion and de­ceit on the part of the Brex­i­teers. Surely there must be some­one in the Con­ser­va­tive Party with enough Churchillian spirit to be able to stand up and lead the coun­try along the path of san­ity?

Michael Wil­son, New­burgh Drive,

Bridge of Don, Aberdeen SIR, – The dark November evenings are chilly and cold, but there was only warmth and charm in the two very dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions I at­tended re­cently at HM The­atre in Aberdeen.

In the Scot­tish Opera pro­duc­tion of Verdi’s La Travi­ata, pic­tured, which I think was one of their best, the part of Vi­o­letta was sym­pa­thetic and gor­geously sung by a Rus­sian/Dutch so­prano Gul­nara Shafigul­lina. The whole pro­duc­tion was a truly up­lift­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Sec­ondly, I booked with trep­i­da­tion won­der­ing what I was to hear in the lesser known of An­drew Lloyd Webber’s mu­si­cals, Sun­set Boule­vard which has no real well known sig­na­ture songs. I was, how­ever, not dis­ap­pointed. The sets were very clev­erly con­structed and the mu­si­cal flowed along smoothly. The main parts were played by Ria Jones and the much younger Danny Mac, fi­nal­ist in Strictly 2016. Not only is he a dancer but an ac­com­plished ac­tor and singer. Both leads did the pro­duc­tion proud. Once the fi­nal chord was played by the or­ches­tra they re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion which was well de­served.

Both these per­for­mances were well at­tended and I thought how lucky we are in Aberdeen to have HM The­atre (al­beit the seats are a bit un­com­fort­able!).

Con­grat­u­la­tions to APA for bring­ing these two won­der­ful pro­duc­tions to Aberdeen.

Dorothy Gray, Glendee Ter­race, Cults, Aberdeen

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