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Rowling gives Scottish ‘No’ campaign £1M

File - British writer JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books, posing during the launch of the new online website Pottermore in London June 23, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON: Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling said Wednesday she had donated £1 million ($1.7 million) to the “No” campaign in the Scottish independence referendum.

The multi-millionaire writer, who was born in England but has lived in the Scottish capital Edinburgh for over two decades, said there would be “serious risks” if Scots voted for independence on September 18.

Her donation – by far the biggest to the “No” camp – was received “recently,” an official confirmed.

Writing on her website, Rowling said while she was “no fan” of the current British government, she was afraid the Scottish economy would be destabilized by going it alone.

“My hesitance ... has nothing to do with lack of belief in Scotland’s remarkable people or its achievements,” she wrote. “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 ... denial of risks.”

The “No” vote holds a clear lead in polls, though a significant chunk of voters are undecided.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 12, 2014, on page 11.

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