Wednesday 26 October 2016

Noel Gallagher dismisses Jeremy Corbyn's brand of politics as 'communism'

Published 10/01/2016 | 11:06

Noel Gallagher said he could never vote Tory
Noel Gallagher said he could never vote Tory

Noel Gallagher has dismissed Jeremy Corbyn's brand of politics as "communism" - but insisted he would never vote Tory.

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The Oasis star, who famously endorsed New Labour as they swept to power in 1997, says Tony Blair's years in opposition were "amazing" but admitted he was left disappointed by their record in office.

Asked in the Sunday Times Style Magazine what he thinks of Mr Corbyn, he said: "I don't like communism."

But he added: "I could never vote Tory because some invisible force field would stop me from putting my vote in the ballot box.

"Speaking as somebody from the left, I thought the New Labour years, coming up to 1997, were amazing. It was so exciting to be in England at the time, because there were so many things going on.

"But then, the Labour Party proved themselves to be 'Meet the new boss, same as the old boss', and until that changes, I'm not having it. The Tories don't care about the vulnerable, and the communists don't care about the aspirational."

Gallagher, 48, grew up in the working-class suburb of Burnage in Manchester the son of a builder and a dinner lady.

He and his younger brother Liam were known as the bad boys of Brit Pop and had a well publicised rivalry with Blur, whose southern accents and arty backgrounds were in contrast to the Mancunians.

Gallagher, who has patched things up with his one time foe Damon Albarn of Blur, warned that "working class kids are being priced out of music now" as the disused warehouses that once served as cheap rehearsal space are turned into pricey flats and businesses.

And the self proclaimed left-winger revealed that he thinks the royal family should "take a great deal more interest" in their subjects.

A documentary about Oasis by the team behind the acclaimed films Amy and Senna will come out later this year. It will coincide with the 20th anniversary of their two Knebworth concerts in August 1996, when the band played to 250,000 people over two nights.

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