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YOU may think it difficult for JK Rowling to surprise us with her Unionism by now ... but she's achieved exactly that.

It all started with one of The National's quote puffs on social media.

We like to give people a taste of the columns coming in tomorrow's paper, and Rowling was very annoyed by one for Lesley Riddoch.

By the time Rowling posted the above tweet, that article was available on our website. In it, Riddoch actually argues against being too vocal in our support for Anyone But England.

Basically, the article Rowling was attacking as an example of Vile Nationalism broadly agreed with her stance. It seems she just hadn't bothered to read it. That set the tone for things to come.

Someone asked Rowling: "What makes you think Scottish nationalists are xenophobic, racist or anti-English?"

She decided case studies would be the perfect response. And presented a devastating total of ... three.

Rowling concluded: "Happy to take your word for it that such people aren't representative of the entire movement. Happy to accept that the bulging folder of xenophobic and anglophobic screenshots I have on my laptop aren't the whole story.

"But some of us are getting mighty tired of Scottish nationalist insistence that their nationalism is nothing like the other, nasty kinds, in the face of considerable evidence to the contrary."

Of course, we condemn all the views in those tweets, but the idea that such a tiny sample size is representative of the Yes movement is staggeringly wrong – particularly in the face of so many representing the opposite view.

And yet, even in that tiny sample, two of the three sources don't seem to check out.

"I hate the SNP. I want a right wing scottish nationalist party" said one. Is this who Rowling thinks is representative of the Yes movement?

The other is even more revealing of Rowling's laziness in fact-checking.

"I loathe the SNP" and "For the live [sic] of God Nigel, lead UKIP again", they've tweeted. Perhaps she also missed the Union flag in the account's bio?

Before telling her 14 million followers that the Yes movement was xenophobic, did Rowling even check the Twitter bios?

We could brush this off as just another Unionist celeb daftly bashing the Yes movement and ignore it, but Rowling's fame has brought her a wide audience. A massive part of that audience is from the United States. 

Later this month, Donald Trump is likely to visit Scotland. He will be met with widespread protests. As her Twitter evidences, the author despises Donald Trump. Which side of the Yes/No divide do you think will be better represented at those protests?

How many "Scottish nationalists" do you see on Twitter supporting Trump, relative to the number of Unionists who do? Which side's politicians are loudest in condemning him?

Scottish nationalism is nothing like that of Donald Trump. One of our most popular and well-received articles this month was members English Scots for Yes sharing their stories.

And we'll leave you with one of our most widely shared front pages. In the fight against racism, is the Yes movement really the side you want to align yourself against?

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