It’s a strange thing today: apparently Noel Gallagher of Oasis has called Jeremy Corbyn’s politics “communism”.
Often caricatured as a masterplan to violently overthrow the bourgeoisies all around the world, communism broadly involves redistributing the means of production; bringing it on down and allowing class distinctions to fade away. Commodities, from electricity to cigarettes and alcohol, are then held in common. Although its more pernicious expressions, such as the Berlin Wall, make sceptics wonder about its real-life workability, communist ideas don’t go away.
So what’s the story here?
Unlike those who look back at the 1990s in anger, Gallagher hopes that fans with listen up and acknowledge that New Labour was better, people. His flashbax to the decade in which he, and Tony Blair, found the fame, suggests that neither conservatism nor what he sees as Corbyn’s anti-aspiration politics can go supersonic:
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.
Yet it seemed that, as Blair walked down the halls of number 10, the political situation changed faster than a canonball:
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.
Now married with children, Gallagher and his brother Liam – reportedly more of a Corbyn fan – came to the nation’s attention with their 1994 album Definitely Maybe. Both are noted for their big mouths as much their music.
This latest comment proves there’s nothing new under the sky. Although some might say that the Gallagher brothers ought to slide away from the limelight, it’s good to be free – and that includes acquiescing to the fact rock ‘n’ roll stars sometimes decide they’re going to talk tonight and share what they hope, think and know. Still, critics can take some small comfort from the fact that even rock stars can’t live forever.