Main content

Rt Hon John Smith

Sue Lawley's castaway is Shadow Chancellor the Rt Hon John Smith.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is a politician who is seen in many quarters as the Labour Party's strongest weapon in their battles with the government - John Smith, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. A man of great resilience, he'll be telling Sue Lawley why he still loves politics in spite of the frustration of his years in opposition, his having a heart attack two and a half years ago and having to live for much of the time away from his beloved homeland of Scotland.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: The Marriage Of Figaro - Final Aria by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Book: Anthology of Poems
Luxury: Case of champagne

Available now

40 minutes

Last on

Fri 31 May 1991 09:05

Music Played

  • The Choir Coisir Loch A Tuath

    Child In A Manger (Gaelic Version)

  • Pietro Mascagni

    Inneggiamo, il Signor (Easter Hymn) (from Cavalleria rusticana)

    Soloist: Pauline Tinsley Orchestra: The Chorus and Orchestra Of Royal Opera House

    • Best Loved Classics 3.
    • EMI.
  • Kenneth McKellar

    Ae Fond Kiss

    • Kenneth Mckellar Sings Robert Burns.
    • Decca.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Prisoners' Chorus (from Fidelio)

    Orchestra: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

    • Grand Opera Choruses/ Various Choirs And Orchs.
    • Decca.
  • Patsy Cline

    I've Loved And Lost Again

    • The Country Collection/ Various.
    • The Collection.
  • Max Bruch

    Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

    Soloist: Salvatore Accardo Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

    • Mendelssohn/ Bruch/ Violin Concertos.
    • Philips.
  • Father Sydney MacEwan

    The Road To The Isles

    • Father Sydney The Road To The Isles.
    • Conifer.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      The Marriage Of Figaro - Final Aria

      Soloist: Jessye Norman Orchestra: The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

      • Mozart: Marriage Of Figaro.
      • Philips.
  • Book Choice

    • Anthology of Poems

  • Luxury Choice

    • Case of champagne


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Rt Hon John Smith


  • Sun 26 May 1991 12:15
  • Fri 31 May 1991 09:05

Featured in...

The Desert Island Discs podcast

The Desert Island Discs podcast

Subscribe or download individual episodes.

Listen to over 2,000 programmes



Read the surprising things we've learned about some stand-out castaways.

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

Featuring David Beckham, the funniest and most moving moments, animations and quizzes.

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

Why does Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece appeal to so many castaways?