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JK Rowling changed my vote from No to Yes!

by ballboy



My thoughts on my vote for the #indyref in Scotland. Recorded 1 week before the big day of September 18th.


It was JK Rowling that did it
Not the moment that she announced she was voting No - because,well I’d been voting no at one point and, even now that things have changed I still respect that, I still respect that view and most of the people who hold it. It wasn’t that.

It was the million pounds that did it. That flourishing of a million pound donation. As if her vote wasn't just a vote, but.... A million votes, or a better vote or maybe just a richer person's vote

That's what tipped me over

Because I'd payed for that vote a little bit...

I even bought the books with the proper covers - not the ones designed for adults

So I guess I paid for that part of a vote

And I don't have million pounds to spend on my vote. I think we all know if I had a million pounds I'd do something more exciting with it.

But I've got this.
I've got music
I've got a song if you can call this a song
And I've got a vote

And when I go out and use it, it's gonna be like the opposite of that speech where that Norwegian commentator is laying into the English nation, Winston Churchill and all

It's gonna be the opposite of that

It not about beating something, it's about gaining something

And that's where I am

We came this far

So I don't care if we make a little bit less money, for a small bunch of people, who'd just keep it anyway

I don't care about that, but I do care about a country that maybe, just maybe, can be a little bit better.

So it wasn’t just JK, of course it wasn’t. So if you are sitting at home watching the results come in (and thinking “shit, why did I write all my successful books first”) and the final result is decided by one vote, my vote then don’t feel too bad. It wasn’t just you Joanne, it wasn’t just you.


released September 10, 2014


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