Saturday, 20 September 2008

Dame Rowling of Hogwarts?

The BBC report that:
"Harry Potter author JK Rowling has donated £1m to the Labour Party, the party has announced.

Ms Rowling said she was motivated by Labour's record on child poverty and opposed a Conservative plan to give tax breaks to married couples.


Mr Brown said he was delighted to have the backing of "one of the world's greatest ever authors"."
That's a piece of nice and helpful news ahead of a potentially very difficult Labour conference. What might Ms Rowling's motivation for this donation be? One clue may be in the next line of the BBC's report:
"JK Rowling, whose fortune was estimated at £560 million in this year's Sunday Times Rich List, is known to be a personal friend of Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah."

The rest of the BBC article is the usual pro-Labour, anti-Conservative puff piece.

I wonder if Gordon Brown will remember his and his wife's friend in his resignation honours?

As an afterthought, does Gordon Brown really think J K Rowling is "one of the world's greatest ever authors"? I have never managed to read more than a few pages of the unimaginative rubbish spewed out by J K Rowling in her Harry Potter series of books. I think that I must have books by at least two dozen more talented authors on my bookshelves, maybe Gordon Brown confuses possession of money with talent.

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