Head says no, heart shouts it: JK Rowling on Scotland independence referendum
With just one day to go before the crucial Scottish independence referendum when the Scots vote to decide on their future, both the pro-independence and pro-union camps seem to have put their heart and soul into campaigning so as to convince the undecided voters on their side.
Edinburgh: With just one day to go before the crucial Scottish independence referendum when the Scots vote to decide on their future, both the pro-independence and pro-union camps seem to have put their heart and soul into campaigning so as to convince the undecided voters on their side.
With a plethora of statements and opinions and statistics projected in favour and against the independence, the undecided Scots have a lot to think before they stamp a 'Yes' or 'No' vote when the referendum opens tomorrow at 16:00 GMT.
Meanwhile, one of the most renowned faces of Scotland, the celebrity author JK Rowling has voiced her strong support in favour of staying united with the UK.
On the eve of Scottish independence referendum, the Harry Potter author took to Twitter to describe her feelings about the vote saying, how her head and heart both were of the same opinion- that of staying as a part of the UK.
Rowling has been one of the prominent supporters of the 'Better Together' campaign, and has been tweeting and retweeting actively in the support of staying together.
Big day in Scotland tomorrow #indyref. My head says no and my heart shouts it - but whatever happens, I hope we're all friends by Saturday.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 17, 2014
In one of the tweets, she says, “Nothing with a high probability of bringing increased poverty to Scotland will ever get my vote”.
The 'yes' camp leader Alex Salmond has time and again called such cautionary statements about an independent Scotland's economy as “absurd scare” coming from Downing Street.
Rowling on the other hand retweeted economist Paul Krugman's warnings: ““mind-boggling that Scotland would consider going down this path after all that has happened in the last few years” Paul Krugman #indyref.
“if Scottish voters really believe that it’s safe to become a country without a currency, they have been badly misled.” Paul Krugman#indyref
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 9, 2014
On a lighter note, in a funny tweet posted by a user by the name of lecarlin (@lectoronto), it was suggested that Rowling could be made the Queen of Scotland if people voted for independence.
Overheard at Boston airport: "If Scotland votes for independence, they might have JKRowling as queen." #indyref
— lecarlin (@lectoronto) September 13, 2014
Earlier in another tweet, Rowling cautioned the Scots to decide with “reason and not ranting” as there was no going back once the vote was cast.
People before flags, answers not slogans, reason not ranting, unity not enmity #bettertogether
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 6, 2014
Also, Rowling had issued a statement (posted on The Telegraph) voicing her staunch support to the pro-union camp warning the Scots to vote carefully as it would not be like a “general election, after which we can curse the result, bide our time and hope to get a better result in four years”.
“Whatever Scotland decides, we will probably find ourselves justifying our choice to our grandchildren,” added the author.
In her statement posted on the Telegraph, Rowling says how critics might call her “insufficiently Scottish” for not backing independence, despite her 21-year stay in Scotland and her intention to stay there forever.
She further mentioned how she was entirely Scottish “by residence, marriage, and out of gratitude for what this country has given me”.
“My allegiance is wholly to Scotland,” Rowling wrote.