Thursday, April 15, 2010

Not Forgetting Where You Came From

Good for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling:

I chose to remain a domiciled taxpayer for a couple of reasons. The main one was that I wanted my children to grow up where I grew up, to have proper roots in a culture as old and magnificent as Britain’s.

....A second reason, however, was that I am indebted to the British welfare state; the very one that Mr Cameron would like to replace with charity handouts. When my life hit rock bottom, that safety net, threadbare though it had become under John Major’s Government, was there to break the fall. I cannot help feeling, therefore, that it would have been contemptible to scarper for the West Indies at the first sniff of a seven-figure royalty cheque. This, if you like, is my notion of patriotism.
Via Kevin Drum.


Queen City Family Man said...

Let's see, love your cultural roots and feel proud enough of them to want your children to be immersed in it. Give back to the country and the system that helped make you what you are. Is that really patriotism? I didn't hear her say anything about freedom or lower taxes or getting the government out of her life?

Jim said...

She didn't even mention founding faters...

Jim said...

err fathers


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