Desert Island Discs, Alex Salmond
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.
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