Desert Island Discs, Alex Salmond

Desert Island Discs, Alex Salmond
19.01.11

 

Kirsty Young’s castaway is the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond.

 

He has spent his political life campaigning for Scottish independence. As a schoolboy he stood in classroom elections – back then, he won on the canny ticket of half-days for all and replacing the school milk with ice-cream.

 

He was a child when he realised he had a knack for public performance – he was a boy soprano who seemed to have a promising career ahead of him. He says: "If you can sing in front of thousands of people when you’re ten or eleven then being Scottish First Minister is nothing in comparison."

 

Mr Salmond, MSP for Gordon, would take the complete works of Robert Burns to read and a sand wedge golf club to practise his game. 

 

Song Choices:

 

Anne Lorne Gillies — Ae Fond Kiss

 

Gian Carlo Menotti — Don’t Cry Mother Dear from Amahl and the Night Visitors

 

Baker Street — Gerry Rafferty

 

The Proclaimers — I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

 

Paul Robeson — Joe Hill

 

Capercaillie — Coisich, a Ruin

 

Johnny Cash — San Quentin

 

Dougie MacLean — Caledonia

 

 

Book Choice: Complete works of Burns

 

Luxury item: Sand wedge to practice his short game