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Monday, June 08, 2009
Noel Gallagher On The Current State of Politics
Oasis co-creator Noel Gallagher has given his verdict on the MPs' expenses row and said it signals "the death of politics".
The guitarist and songwriter, who admits he is an avid Sky News viewer, spoke to us about the current state of politics.
When Labour won their landside victory in 1997, Tony Blair invited the two Gallagher brothers to a high profile reception at Downing Street.
But a lot has changed in the past decade and with Gordon Brown under increasing pressure from fellow Party members, it reminds Noel of another period in politics.
"It feels like the end of the Thatcher era," he told Sky News, "where the Cabinet ganged up and stabbed her in the back."
Over the past week eight Labour ministers have resigned and there have been reports of an email campaign by backbenchers.
They aretrying to get MPs to sign a letter asking the Prime Minister to stand down.
"I think he (Gordon Brown) is dogged enough to try and stick it out", said Noel.
"But if the momentum keeps on going the way it is, he won't be able to survive, because his party will want him out."
Noel though is very sure about the future of Labour: "They absolutely won't get in at the next General Election," he said confidently.
"I don't know anybody that will vote Labour. I'd be surprised if anybody votes at all after what has happened with this expenses row."
The days when Noel drank champagne with Tony Blair and other Labour MPs are now a distant memory.
He thinks Labour only has "themselves to blame" for what has happened with the MP's expenses scandal.
"They came to power and said they were going to be whiter than white and squeaky clean, and 12 years down the line they have been shown to be just like the rest."
"I think it's the death of politics and it's a shame."
Oasis are currently touring the UK and last week played their home city of Manchester.
The guitarist said he is not interested in talent shows like Britain's Got Talent but the Susan Boyle phenomenon has not passed him by.
Unlike the Scottish singer Noel's rise to fame was over a three year period and he is not fazed by the whole fame game.
"I like being famous," he said. "It can be a bit of a pain but you get free food in restaurants and people send you clothes".
Via L4e / Source: Sky News
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