JK ROWLING WEIGHS IN ON SCOTTISH SEPARATISM
J K Rowling, creator of Harry Potter, has donated £1m to the Scottish anti-independence campaign “Better Together.” A long-standing supporter, Rowling’s donation is the organization’s largest single gift to date.
Rowling, who lives in Edinburgh, said: “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 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. 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.” She continued: “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 neighbors.”