Ed Miliband has denied that his Desert Island Discs selection was concocted by a panel of advisers, protesting “It’s absolutely my list!”:
- South African national anthem (Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika)
- Hubert Parry – Jerusalem
- Paul Robeson – Ballad of Joe Hill
- A-ha – Take On Me
- Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
- Robbie Williams – Angels
- Josh Ritter – Change of Time
- Edith Piaf – Je Ne Regrette Rien
If his list is spin then it is at least partially consistent spin. During the Labour’s leadership election in 2010, Labour Uncut quizzed the hopefuls on their musical selections for a desert island. From July 2010 to November 2013, half of Ed’s selection has remained consistent in respect of the song or artist.
But what was the first song chosen by his brother David, who is now running an international development charity based in New York City?
Ed had better hope his selection isn’t as prescient as his brother’s … otherwise he’ll be needing a Hebrew or Xhosa phrasebook.