Letters, calls and emails: Music choice was as confused as DoH policy

Dear Editor

Health secretary Alan Johnson's selections on Radio Four's Desert Island Discs were mostly very hard on the ear (GP, 12 October).

How anybody can pick something as depressing as Death in Venice as a classical choice is beyond me, and there is far better output from The Beatles, Elvis Costello, David Bowie and Neil Young.

My impression of his bizarre choice of music was that he was trying to be different.

And maybe it explains why he never got to fulfill his ambition of being a lead singer in a band.

As for 'Cityscape Skybaby' from Super Furry animals, leave it out.

'Beneath the Sun' from Halima was the only effort that had any trace of musicality.

His selections certainly demonstrate a lack of consistency, a quality that is so vital in a GP and in a health service, as distinct from a politician.

Dr Paul J Searle, Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire.

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