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Old 06-11-2014, 01:47 PM
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Post J.K. Rowling comments on Scotland's Better Together Campaign, donates £1 million

J.K. Rowling took to her official site Wednesday to discuss the heated topic of the Better Together Campaign, where, on September 18, Scotland will send a referendum trying to secede from the United Kingdom and become its own independent nation. The Harry Potter author, who lives in the capital city of Edinburgh, had some comments about the chance that the split might take place beginning this fall (she is for staying with the UK). For those interested, the full post is here.

It was also reported that Rowling donated £1 million to fight for the Better Together Campaign, reported The New York Times.



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Before you read the following, please be warned that it’s probably of interest only to people who live in Scotland or the UK (and not all of them!) If you read on regardless, you need to know that there is going to be a referendum on 18th September on whether or not Scotland should leave the United Kingdom. If you’re only vaguely interested, or pressed for time, there’s a mention of Death Eaters in paragraph 5.

However, I also know that there is a fringe of nationalists who like to demonise anyone who is not blindly and unquestionably pro-independence and I suspect, notwithstanding the fact that I’ve lived in Scotland for twenty-one years and plan to remain here for the rest of my life, that they might judge me ‘insufficiently Scottish’ to have a valid view. It is true that I was born in the West Country and grew up on the Welsh border and while I have Scottish blood on my mother’s side, I also have English, French and Flemish ancestry. However, when people try to make this debate about the purity of your lineage, things start getting a little Death Eaterish for my taste. By residence, marriage, and out of gratitude for what this country has given me, my allegiance is wholly to Scotland and it is in that spirit that I have been listening to the months of arguments and counter-arguments.
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LOL "there's a mention of Death Eaters in paragraph 5." I like when she references her own material.

I do find this interesting though. It's a fascinating debate for a nation that's been united since the 1700's.

Edit: Just read the piece on her website, lol. Very well-written argument.

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Just shows how intelligent she is. She's absolutely right about the nationalist fringe being obsessed with independence and demonising everything, and it seems to be impossible for them as well to outline the economic consequences for Scotland. Just saying it will be all roses is really not going to help. Rowling is said to have been abused online about it as well, shame on every nationalist who did that.
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Very interesting. I admire her courage to show her well based point of view rather than to please others. We don't see this kind of attitude all the time. I'm very thanked she did it, it's an educational action.
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