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Oasis star attacks war protests
Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher is never afraid to be controversial
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has branded anti-war protests a "waste of time".

As many of the star's music industry peers voice their fears about the prospect of war, including Coldplay and Ms Dynamite, he says their protests are fruitless.

Speaking to the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel he said that while he was opposed to war, nothing could be done to prevent it going ahead.

He said Britain was so close to President George Bush's administration that Prime Minister Tony Blair had no choice but to follow the US.

He said: "Whenever there is a conservative, bible waving half-wit ruling in the White House - whether it's Bush, his father or Reagan - there is war.

"Whoever is the British Prime Minister is tied to America. It's been that way since the Second World War, and even Tony Blair can't change that."

'Politics like football'

But he said he was keeping his well-publicised allegiance to New Labour.

"Politics is like football for me. Labour is my team and even if you don't like a striker you don't give up supporting the whole team," he said.

"Labour is the lesser of two evils. What else should we have? Anarchy? Someone has to be responsible."

Oasis are currently back touring Germany after scrapping their original dates there when lead singer Liam Gallagher broke his teeth in a fracas in a hotel.

Noel Gallagher also branded the British a "nation of moaning sissies", going as far as saying "the British get on my nerves" because they are obsessed with the weather and sport and other nations.

He said the British should "just keep their mouths shut".

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