JK Rowling, the best-selling author and creator of Harry Potter, has donated £1m to the anti-independence campaign Better Together.
A long-standing supporter and donor to the Labour party and to charity, Rowling’s donation is the largest single gift yet given to Better Together, which is run by her friend Alistair Darling, the former Labour chancellor.
In a statement on her website, Rowling, who lives in Edinburgh, 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.”
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 neighbours… see more
source: Guardian UK