JK Rowling Doesn’t Want Scottish Independence
THE political hot-tatty that is Scottish Independence has seen most people thinking ‘it doesn’t really matter whether Scotland would be better off independent, they’ll probably vote ‘Yes’ just to get away from the Tories and UKIP’.
Comedian Limmy is a huge vocal support of independence. So is Kevin Bridges, Alan Cumming, Sean Connery and actor Brian Cox. David Bowie and Alex Ferguson aren’t keen on the idea.
Billy Connolly says he’s staying out of it.
And now, JK Rowling, has put down her writing pen and, from her Harry Potter riches, has donated £1m to the anti-independence campaign ‘Better Together’.
Like Sir Alex, Rowling is a long-standing supporter and donor to the Labour party. Rowling’s donation is the largest single gift anyone has given to Better Together. It just so happens to be run by her pal, Alistair Darling, who you’ll remember as the bloke who was a Labour chancellor and had grey hair and black eyebrows drawn on with permanent marker.
In a statement on her website, Rowling, who happens to still live in Scotland, said: “I came to the question of independence with an open mind and an awareness of the seriousness of what we are being asked to decide.”
“My hesitance at embracing independence has nothing to do with lack of belief in Scotland’s remarkable people or its achievements. The simple truth is that Scotland is subject to the same 21st-century pressures as the rest of the world.”
“It must compete in the same global markets, defend itself from the same threats and navigate what still feels like a fragile economic recovery. The more I listen to the yes campaign, the more I worry about its minimisation and even denial of risks.”
“Whenever the big issues are raised – our heavy reliance on oil revenue if we become independent, what currency we’ll use, whether we’ll get back into the EU – reasonable questions are drowned out by accusations of ‘scaremongering.’ Meanwhile, dramatically differing figures and predictions are being slapped in front of us by both campaigns, so that it becomes difficult to know what to believe.”
“If we leave, though, there will be no going back. This separation will not be quick and clean: it will take microsurgery to disentangle three centuries of close interdependence, after which we will have to deal with three bitter neighbours.”
“I doubt that an independent Scotland will be able to bank on its ex-partners’ fond memories of the old relationship once we’ve left. The rest of the UK will have had no say in the biggest change to the union in centuries, but will suffer the economic consequences.”
So there you go.
JK Rowling versus Alex Salmond. Who will win? There’s only one way to find out.