Nicola Sturgeon gives great Desert Island Discs interview, but everyone thinks her music taste is terrible

Ellen Stewart
Sunday 15 November 2015 15:00
Showbiz

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon went on Desert Island Discs and said a lot of sensible things.

But, no one can quite ignore her "ghastly" taste in music (read: muzak).

First off, let's discuss the important bits...

Speaking of the Scottish bid for independence, Sturgeon told presenter Kirsty Young that her politics is driven by a belief in the rightness of the cause and not by some sort of hatred for England.

I detested this idea that what we were arguing for was a rejection of England as a country or the English as a people.

Sturgeon also addressed the hurtful comments she has received over her childlessness.

As she and her husband - SNP chief executive Peter Murrell - do not have any children Sturgeon has been accused of putting her career above starting a family.

"The assumptions... are hurtful," she said.

The assumptions that some people make is that I have made a cold, calculating decision to put my career ahead of having a family and that is not true.

The SNP Leader also told of entering politics because of her anger at the impact of Margaret Thatcher on Scotland.

However, despite giving a rather moving and honest interview, listeners could not ignore her questionable choice of desert island discs.

Her eight records were:

  • Kate Bush - 'Wuthering Heights'

  • Duran Duran - 'Ordinary World'

  • Cilla Black - 'Step Inside Love'

  • Pumeza Matshikiza - 'Freedom Come All Ye'

  • The Proclaimers - 'Letter from America'

  • Eurhythmics and Aretha Franklin - 'Sisters are Doin' it for Themselves'

  • Labi Siffre - 'Something Inside So Strong'

Oh, and in case you were wondering... Her choice of book? The Complete Works of Jane Austen.

Luxury item? Coffee maker.

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