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The Referendum Gordon Brown & JK Rowling

The Referendum Gordon Brown & JK Rowling

Recent rumours that the Labour Party, unhappy with the performance of the, “no” campaign leader, “Flipper Darling” and his team would be unleashing some, “big Guns”, (to get things moving) proved to be correct, witnessed recent botched appearances and statements of Gordon Brown and by a helpful financial, “leg up” from Rowling. Aware of her political persuasion her financial donation is not surprising.

What is unfortunate is Rowling’s bear-baiting of a miniscule minority of pro-independence campaigners intimating they would discount her views because she was born and raised in England. She likened that stance to the obsession with pure wizard blood of the villainous characters in her magical saga. “When people try to make this debate about the purity of your lineage, things start getting a little Death Eaterish for my taste,” she wrote. Evidently the inflammatory words generated the response she indicated would be the case and the Press, ever happy to rubbish the, “Yes” voters are, “riding to her rescue”. Quite how this fits with the same press hounding Rowling for year’s defeats me.

Rowling provides extensive and recurring substantial financial, moral and physical support to a number of charities and institutions in Scotland. Her statement of values, “I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently” is to be applauded. In reference to her statement about support for the Union I am minded of her lapsed patronage of the Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland (MSSS) I well remember the difficulties that were manifest in that body’s relationship with London, It is a great shame Rowling has decided to turn her face away from independence but I am sure, at the time the, “Yes” vote is successful she will be the first in line to provide support to the newly independent, Scottish labour Party.

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JK Rowling




JK Rowling walked away from, M.S. Society (Scotland) following a mass exodus of volunteers and course leaders from the society caused by inflexible London management. All funding for MSSS was ‘centralized’ in London and everything had to be approved by the management down there. MSSS had been running free ‘self-management’ courses in conjunction with Arthritis, (Scotland) for the benefit of anyone living with a long term condition. Funding was pulled from the classes by London management because the MSS’ remit was Multiple Sclerosis and these classes weren’t specifically for people with M.S.

JK Rowling attempted to mediate the charity’s conflict

JK Rowling has quit as patron of her favourite charity over a row between its English and Scottish leaders.

The Harry Potter author has supported the MS Society for nearly a decade.

But the millionairess has walked away over a conflict between the Scottish charity and management in London.





She said: ‘I have now reluctantly decided that I cannot, in good conscience, continue to be the public face of a charity that is changing beyond recognition from the one with which I have been so proud to be associated.’

The author’s mother died from the disease at the age of 45 in 1991.

She said she had taken the decision to stand down ‘with profound sadness and regret’ but added that her financial support of a research project at Edinburgh University would continue.

She said in a statement: ‘I also remain committed to financing future research into the treatment and causes of Multiple Sclerosis, and to campaigning for better care and treatment of people with MS in Scotland, which is the MS capital of the world.

‘This disease claimed my mother’s life at the age of 45, and I hope to continue giving both time and money to a cause which remains so close to my heart.

‘I have not taken the decision to quit my position as patron of MSSS lightly.






‘Late last year I initiated and attended a mediation session, in the hope of sorting out long-standing and escalating conflict between the Scottish Council and management in London, driven by the imposition of changes by London.

‘Unfortunately, this achieved very little. With mounting frustration and disappointment, I have witnessed resignations of immensely dedicated people within MSSS and the increasing demoralization of staff whom I have come to know and admire over the ten years of our association.’

It is understood that Rowling quit following the departure of director for the MS Society Scotland Mark Hazelwood. He left last December after nine years at the charity over differences with English management.

One of the issues was a ‘cash pooling’ system, approved by the board of trustees in England, whereby all branches of the charity were expected to put money into one UK scheme run by Barclays Bank. Mr Hazelwood wanted Scotland to use a Scottish bank.

She said her disappointment ‘cannot be overstated. Nevertheless, I hope to continue to play a part in combating the underfunding and misunderstandings surrounding MS for many years to come. I shall also continue to hope that the MS Society Scotland manages to resolve its difficulties.’






An MS Society spokesman said: ‘JK Rowling has been a great patron for the MS Society Scotland for many years. We are sorry she is stepping down and thank her for her good work, and for her continued support for the MS research centre in Edinburgh.

‘The Society is in the middle of a governance review to make sure we are properly organised to build on the excellent work we already do in Scotland and across the UK. We are a strong, democratic organisation and this review is being done in consultation with all of our 43,000 members.

‘We would have preferred to do this with JK Rowling’s involvement, but we appreciate that significant change can be difficult.

‘We would urge supporters of the MS Society to work with us now. The Board is confident that what we are doing is all about delivering the best possible support to over 10,000 people living with MS in Scotland.’

Seems to me JK Rowling got caught up in a power struggle between the English governors of the charity and the Scottish workers who simply wished to run their own affairs, (which she fully supported). This is just what the Scot’s wish in their bid for independence and she has set her face against a free Scotland. Doesn’t add up.



15 June 2014: Last week, Rowling suggested some nationalists, obsessed with Scottishness, were “death eaterish”, referring to the Harry Potter baddies who sought to eliminate everyone who did not have true wizard blood. She predicted their online attacks after she backed the pro-union campaign but the hatemongers now face prosecution.

Rowling gave £1million to Better Together and also penned an essay on her website explaining her love of Scotland and why she has not been convinced by the case of for independence.

The trolls instantly flooded online. Police Scotland received a complaint about the posts. A spokesman said: “Police Scotland will consider any complaint about online abuse seriously and will investigate as appropriate.”

Rowling, who has lived in Scotland for more than 20 years, said one reason for her donation was her fear that independence would put at risk research into MS, a disease which led to the death of her mum.

Comment: But her alleged fears for research into MS do not fit the reasons she withdrew her sponsorship at the time London absorbed Scotland’s MS organisation. At that time she intimated England should butt out of Scotlands affairs. Cake and Eat it methinks.


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JK Rowling Moans About, “Yes” Campaigners

JK Rowling Moans About, “Yes” Campaigners

In her explanatory letter to the Public Rowling predicted that some pro-independence campaigners would discount her views because she was born and raised in England. She likened that stance to the obsession with pure wizard blood of the villainous characters in her magical saga. “When people try to make this debate about the purity of your lineage, things start getting a little Death Eaterish for my taste,” “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 further mention of Death Eaters later in my letter”

It must be argued, with good reason, that Rowling invited attacks on herself, since it was she who first gave mention to “Death Eaters”. Indeed she made great effort. She wrote; “when people try to make this debate about the purity of your lineage, things start getting a little Death Eaterish for my taste.” I wonder what moved her to invite negative comment about her lineage, since it was a subject given no coverage in the debate. Indeed a multitude of expats, from many countries living in Scotland, have expressed strong opinion supporting views totally contrary to those of JK Rowling.