Harry Potter author JK Rowling piles into Ukip 'fascism' row

Written by James Millar on 7 November 2016 in Diary
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After being accused of 'fascism' by politicians Ukip leadership contender Suzanne Evans day really goes downhill as Harry Potter author mocks her.

Ukip leadership candidate Suzanne Evans said on Radio 4's Today programme that judges should be subject to "democratic control".

She said she didn't want to "get rid of judges" but that she questioned the legitimacy of the recent High Court case that saw three judges rule parliament must have a role in triggering Article 50, the step that will start the process of taking the UK out of the EU.

Her comments triggered a wave of criticism from politicians. But the one that's likely to get most attention came from JK Rowling.

The Harry Potter author, who has over eight million followers on Twitter, wrote: "Yes, and why stop at judges? So sick of unelected doctors deciding what's wrong with me. Let's put it to a vote. #Downwithexperts".

The latest Harry Potter film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is due to be released on November 18. Rowling has no fear of getting involved in political rows on Twitter. She's a vocal opponent of Scottish independence and earlier his year she questioned Jeremy Corbyn's credibility as Labour leader.

Rowling's intervention, which was shared thousands of times on social media, followed criticism of Evans' stance from MPs. Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer described her comments as "irresponsible" while Tory MP George Freeman said it was "shameful". High profile Remain MP Anna Soubry went further. She said Evans' was talking "dangerous nonsense". She added on Twitter: "It's the way of fascism."

Evans' comments this morning follow controversy at the weekend when current Ukip leader Nigel Farage seemed to suggest that the legal action around Brexit could trigger riots by pro-Leave campaigners. He's also promised to lead a 100,000 strong march in London on the day that the Supreme Court hears the government's appeal against the High Court's ruling last week.

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