FORMER OASIS member Liam Gallagher isn't quite known for his nuance, and he isn't about to start now-- but he certainly knows how to get his point across.
The 47-year-old, born to Irish parents in Manchester, has never shied away from voicing his opinions regardless of how controversial they may be: he famously described Wayne Rooney as looking like "a f**king balloon with a f***ing Weetabix crushed on top", and just recently suggested that London's knife crime epidemic could be tackled by getting teenagers to take magic mushrooms.
Now the former frontman appears to have voiced his support for a United Ireland, again in his own unusual style.
Taking to Twitter yesterday, the singer announced to his 3.1 million followers that "Ireland's Ireland, Scotland's Scotland Wales is Wales England's England anyone who thinks different is a c*nt
As you were. Why me why not. C'mon you know
Ireland’s Ireland 🇮🇪 Scotland’s Scotland Wales is wales England’s England anyone who thinks different is a cunt as you were why me why not C’mon you know LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) October 20, 2019
The tweet divided opinions, which is to be expected: An account dedicated to the cause of Irish Unity replied "Thanks for the support Liam. In the spirit of Paul McCartney, "Give Ireland back to the Irish"."
Thanks for the support Liam. In the spirit of Paul McCartney, “Give Ireland back to the Irish.” 🇮🇪
— Irish Unity (@IrishUnity) October 20, 2019
But others were quick to point out that things stand, Northern Ireland remains a part of the UK.
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
— Fredy Orozco (@faoj_1) October 20, 2019
We might not have a rugby team, but northern ireland is northern ireland .... as you were legend that you are LG 😁
— Nicola bowyer (@Nicolabowyer1) October 20, 2019
The ever-looming prospect of Brexit has thrown the campaign for Irish unity back into the spotlight in recent months: last week on BBC Question Time a British man was mocked for seemingly believing that he had single-handedly solved the Backstop issue by coming up with the idea of a United Ireland.
In reply to Liam Gallagher's tweet, one commenter suggested that he consider becoming an MP-- and while we don't see that happening, it would certainly be an interesting addition to British politics.