Scottish Independence: Is JK Rowling in the majority? A look at where celebrities stand on the issue
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J.K. Rowling has upset a lot of people who support Scottish Independence with her recent donation of £1 million to the Better Together campaign. Rowling, a staunch Labour party supporter, has claimed that her reason for Scotland remaining in the UK "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".
Her stance on ensuring that Scotland doesn't make a "historically bad mistake" has provoked a strong reaction on social media and people have called her a "b****" and "pathetic". One tweet even accused her of biting the hand that fed her saying "What a #b**** after we gave her shelter in our city when she was a single mum".
Rowling is joined in wishing Scotland remains in the UK by high profile people such as David Bowie, Barack Obama, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and even Scottish man Sir Alex Ferguson. On the flip side, celebrities including Frankie Boyle, Sean Connery, Irvine Welsh, Brian Cox and Gerard Butler are wishing very much for a Scotland breakaway.
Obama called recently for the UK to remain "strong, robust and united" as it has functioned as an"extraordinary partner" to the States through the years. David Bowie conveyed the message of "Scotland stay with us!" through Kate Moss who accepted an award on his behalf at the Brits. And comedian Billy Connolly has said just last month that he thinks "it’s time for people to get together, not split apart".
Emma Thompson, who married in Scotland, feels that it is silly to break up a union that works so well while Sir Alex Ferguson has gone on record saying "If ever there was a time to be wary of Scotland pulling out of the UK, it is now. It would be a distraction from what really matters, the economy, jobs, schools and hospitals".
Frankie Boyle has been very outspoken about his support for independence tweeting "It’s an ‘aye’ (for Independence) from me, man." Sean Connery has long been known for his passionate support of the Scottish National Party saying "The Yes campaign has centred on a positive vision for Scotland. It is rooted in inclusiveness, equality and that core democratic value that the people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future".
Irvine Welsh is also in favour of independence saying "I’m totally for independence, totally. I think everyone is, even the unionists". Actor Brian Cox is not the biggest fan of Westminster going on record as saying "I think Scotland has earned the right to its own nation status. It has earned the right to control its own destiny". Gerard Butler echoed these sentiments saying "I can’t see any reason why Scotland shouldn’t be independent, it’s a country with different attitudes, people and outlook".
Opinion polls at this stage suggest that the majority of Scottish people are still reluctant to break away from the UK. The number of those supporting independence has been rising slowly and steadily though over the past year. Only time will tell and people will go to the polls on September 18th to decide where exactly Scotland's future lies. One thing for sure though, we know which way J.K. Rowling will be voting.