Thursday 17 January 2019

Celebrities go to battle in Scottish referendum

Scotland's independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter.

Former 007 Sean Connery has long been a vocal Scottish nationalist - from his home in the Bahamas. Earlier this year he backed independence and the "core democratic value that the people of Scotland are the best guardians of their own future".

In the other corner stands JK Rowling, Edinburgh-based creator of the boy wizard. When she said independence might be "a historically bad mistake" - and backed it up with a million-pound (€1.25m) donation to the No campaign - it sent a Dementor-like chill through the Yes camp.

Other pro-independence celebs for next Thursday's referendum include actor Gerard Butler, members of the band Franz Ferdinand and "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh, who has half-joked that "the Union is nature's way of stopping the Scots ruling the world".

However, singer Susan Boyle, who still lives in the Scottish village where she grew up, has said she plans to vote No. And Former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson said Scots like him who live in in England "don't live in a foreign country; we are just in another part of the family of the UK."


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