October 12, 2011 8:08

Noel Gallagher: 'I voted for a pirate at the last general election'

Oasis man says he's 'offended' by the coalition government

Noel Gallagher: 'I voted for a pirate at the last general election'

Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Noel Gallagher has claimed he is "offended" by Britain's incumbent coalition government - and claimed he voted for a pirate at the last election in protest at there being "nothing left to vote for".

The High Flying Birds man appeared on last night's (October 11) BBC Newsnight to speak about the state of British politics and August's UK riots.

He admitted that he didn't plan to vote at the last election and was only cajoled into the polling booth by his wife, Sara MacDonald.

Gallagher commented:

It's the first time I've just picked the most ludicrous thing on the list. Some guy dressed as a pirate - there's nothing cooler than a pirate.



He continued: "When the election came around I don’t recall it being a coalition government on the bill when you went to vote. I'm a bit offended by it, to be honest. If they were going to form a coalition government they should have had a re-election. Nobody voted for this Conservative/Liberal Democrat nonsense."

Speaking again about the causes of the UK riots earlier this year, Gallagher said that although there was "no excuse" for the disturbances, the way the media is "bombarding" young people with an unattainable lifestyle was a factor.

He added: "When I was growing up we were the working class and we were the lowest [in society], there's a level underneath that now, the 'can't be bothered working class' who've grown into a culture of benefits."

Earlier this week, Gallagher turned his attention to the state of the charts in an NME video interview you can watch by scrolling down and clicking below.

The former Oasis man releases his debut solo album, 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds', on Monday (October 17).

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