"Does that mean I’m the semi-talented songwriter and you’re the fucking loutish prick?" Part of the genius of The Thick of It, of course, is that the dialogue was littered with brilliantly incisive pieces of throwaway commentary often unrelated to the politics of its central theme, and that particular quote from Malcolm Tucker is just about as pithily accurate a summation of the Gallagher brothers as you’re likely to find anywhere. In the years following Oasis’s split, I wouldn’t go quite as far as to say that Noel has carved out national treasure status for himself, but his wickedly dry sense of humour, keen taste for both self-aggrandisement and self-deprecation (depending on which record we’re talking about) and frankly superb taste in football teams means he’s at least considered endearing by the public at large. Liam, meanwhile, remains the perennially aggressive egomaniac that he was two decades ago - 'a man with a fork in a world of soup', as Noel once called him - but with a voice that long ago began to wither under the free flow of whisky and cigarettes.
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