For in conversation with our friend and local resident, the celebrated writer Julie Burchill, he revealed that he had initially considered buying the house of the late Derek Jameson. Jameson was a prominent TV personality and editor of the News of the World, but also a devout Conservative. Gallagher, in contrast, famously visited Number 10 to meet Tony Blair, and despite current frustration with Jeremy Corbyn, said in 2005 that he felt obliged to vote Labour because if the Tories won “Phil Collins is threatening to move back to Britain.”
Which was as good a reason as most for voting for Gordon Brown, we guess.
Gallagher let on why he decided against Jameson’s house. “I couldn’t buy it,” he told Julie, “because the walls were hung with portrait after portrait of Margaret Thatcher!”
One can see why a painting of the Iron Lady above the bedposts might well be a downer on Noel’s morning glory. Still, he could have done what one affluent socialist is reported to have tried: he had the late Prime Minister’s image painted on the bottom of the pan in his downstairs lav.