Ed Miliband's pop choices reveal a man of no musical taste

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Say what you like about Ed Miliband's Desert Island Disc choices – and people will – his eight selections do have a warped sincerity about them. Attempts by politicians to appear "down with the kids" routinely curl the toes; here, Miliband circumvents the danger of doing a Gordon Brown (who claimed false familiarity with Arctic Monkeys in 2006) by exhibiting no taste, of any kind, whatsoever.

From Ed-Mili's selection, you can only conclude that he doesn't do music. His choices subdivide into two categories: the political statements and the "cheesy" ones (his words). Often these are songs someone else actually put on – either his parents, or a DJ – while Miliband was passing on the way to the politics library. At least when David Cameron opines on Hull's selection as , the Housemartins reference trips out effortlessly. (Cameron often specialises in winding up leftwingers with his student tastes.)

So there's A-ha's hit Take On Me, a hit from Miliband's youth. There is no such thing as a guilty pleasure, if you like something. But there is no enthusiasm evinced here for the song, or , or the gap between Morten Harket's teeth. Miliband merely remembers it was on at a disco, once.

Of all Miliband's choices the most arresting, artistically and historically, is The Ballad of Joe Hill, sung by Paul Robeson. It's doubly red. The song recalls a US union activist accused of murder; Robeson, of course, was one of the most sonorous voices of the trade union and civil rights movements, an operatic baritone whose time on the London stage and compassion for the plight of those excluded by capitalism – workers, Africans, Spanish communists – makes this a revealing selection; one that Miliband associates with his dad.

And what of Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline? Written for JFK's daughter, Sweet Caroline is played frequently at Boston sporting events. Throughout his session, Miliband only really becomes animated when talking about the , an allegiance presumably forged at Harvard. Had this been desert island ball games, Miliband may have emerged as quite a dude. As it is…