JK Rowling blasts Leave for creating 'monster of foreign rapists'

Written by Matthew Chapman on 20 June 2016 in Diary

The Harry Potter author launches stinging attack on the EU Referendum's political discourse

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has accused the Leave camp of trying to create a “monster” of foreign rapists and terrorists to convince people to quit the EU.

Rowling has dived into the Brexit debate with an impassioned blog railing against the tactics used in the referendum, which she believes has been “uglier than any I can remember in my lifetime”.

“Leave has been busy threatening us with another monster: a tsunami of faceless foreigners heading for our shores, among them rapists and terrorists,” said Rowling. “It is dishonourable to suggest that Leavers are all racists and bigots: they aren't and it is shameful to suggest that they are.

“Nevertheless, it is equally nonsensical to pretend that racists and bigots aren't flocking to the 'Leave' cause, or that they aren't, in some instances, directing it.”

Rowling went on to directly criticise Nigel Farage in her blog and joined the clamour of voices that have condemned the ‘Breaking Point’ poster unveiled by the UKIP leader last Thursday.

“The picture of Nigel Farage standing in front of a poster showing a winding line of Syrian refugees captioned 'Breaking Point' is, as countless people have already pointed out, an almost exact duplicate of propaganda used by the Nazis.”

The strongly-worded intervention by Rowling is not the first time she has engaged in politics. Rowling, who is a friend of Alistair Darling, came out in support of Scotland remaining a part of the Union during the Scottish referendum vote.

Rowling also levelled criticism at senior Brexit supporter Michael Gove and his attack on “experts”, but admitted those on both sides of the debate are “scaremongering”.
She added: “Leaders of both campaigns want us frightened only by monsters of their choosing”.

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