First Minister reveals his top items to take to a desert island


FIRST Minister Alex Salmond chose his essential ‘if I were stuck on a desert island’ items today (Sun) which included a copy of a Robert Burns poetry book.

Among Mr Salmond’s top music picks was The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) because, he said, “every Scot rocks to 500 miles”.

He also decided he would like to have Johnny Cash’s San Quentin and a version of Joe Hill by Paul Robeson with him if he were stranded.

The First Minister revealed his decision on BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, where guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to an imaginery desert island.

He told presenter Kirsty Young that among his other luxury items he would take the complete works of Scotland’s national poet, as well as that of William Shakespeare and a copy of the Bible.

One other luxury Mr Salmond says he would like along with him is a sand wedge, because he said of all his golf game, his “bunker play needs the most work”.

Tonight, the radio show’s programme was a trending topic on social networking site Twitter.