Nicola Sturgeon reveals her Kate Bush, Duran Duran and Cilla Black music tastes on Desert Island Discs

First Minister also talks seriously about "hurtful" assumptions surrounding her childlessness as she chooses a 1980s-heavy line-up to take with her on her fictional Radio 4 island

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scotland First Minister whose Scottish National Party rules the political roost north of the border, has revealed a nostalgic side to her character on Desert Island Discs with a selection of music heavy on 1980s pop. 


Her appearance on Sunday’s programme – in which guests choose the eight records as well as a book and a luxury item they would take to their desert island – devoted much of the interview with Kirsty Young to chronicling her fondness for the tunes from her youth.

Among her chosen records is Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights and Duran Duran’s Ordinary World. 

She also speaks of her delight at once having received a tweet from Duran Duran’s lead singer Simon Le Bon.

“If my 14-year-old self knew that one day Simon Le Bon would get in touch with me I would have fainted,” she said.

Sturgeon is also a Cilla Black fan and selected the late Liverpdulian songstress’ song Step Inside Love among the tracks she would choose to take with her were she to be marooned in the middle of the sea.

But there was also a serious side to her Radio 4 appearance as she spoke of her hurt at various comments made about her childlessness.

Sturgeon and her husband, SNP chief executive Peter Murrell, do not have any children and the politician reveals in today’s edition of the show that claims that she has put her career before child-rearing have upset her.

“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,” she said.

Sturgeon told Kirsty Young that her wish for an independent Scotland is not driven by her hatred of the English but by a belief in the rightness of the cause.

“I detested this idea that what we were arguing for was a rejection of England as a country or the English as a people,” she said of the debates during the SNPs failed referendum campaign last year which came before her party’s success in this year’s General Election.

Her luxury item is a coffee machine because she says she cannot survive without a morning hit of caffeine.


However her chosen work of literature to take with her in addition to The Bible and the Complete Works of Shakespeare may surprise listeners because it is so quintessentially English. She opted for the complete works of C19th society chronicler and Hampshire novelist Jane Austen…