Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Desert Island Discs: Nick Clegg

DESERT ISLAND DISCS: NICK CLEGG (128kbs-m4a/40mb/43mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 29th October 2010

Kirsty Young's castaway is the Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

Of his career, he says: "Joining the Liberal Party was a no brainer for me - when you're a young man, you don't get a calculator out saying 'Am I going to get to power?' you get propelled forward by idealism". Yet this week more than any other, critics have questioned whether his interest in power has meant his ideals have had to take a back seat.

In this candid conversation, he describes the behind-the-scenes negotiations that underpinned the coalition and he shares the personal trauma when, after his wife and baby son had both been dangerously ill, he wondered whether a political career would place too heavy a burden on his family.

Producer: Leanne Buckle

Record: Schubert - Impromptu No.3 in G flat major
Book: The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Luxury: A stash of cigarettes.

Frédéric Chopin - Waltz In A Minor [NAXOS]
Johnny Cash - Sunday Morning Coming Down [EMI]
Prince - The Cross [Paisley Park]
Cesária Évora - Petit Pays [RCA]
Radiohead - Street Spirit [Parlophone]
David Bowie - Life On Mars? [EMI]
Shakira - Waka Waka (The Theme To The 2010 World Cup) [Epic]
Franz Schubert - Impromptu In G Flat Major, D899 No. 3 [Philips]

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