JK Rowling Writes Piece on U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown for Time Magazine


May 01, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Time Magazine has released their annual list of the 100 Most Influential people in the world. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written a piece about the number two man on the list, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown. A long time friend of the Prime Minister, readers will recall J.K. Rowling was a recent guest at 10 Downing Street for a dinner held by Gordon and Sarah Brown for the spouses of the members of the G20 world economic summit that included Michelle Obama, wife of US President Barack Obama. JKR writes of the current Prime Minister:

Back in the mid-1990s, when he was new labour’s brooding, intellectual
heavyweight, I was a lone parent struggling to get by. He said he was
not interested in stigmatizing the poor but in finding solutions for
their predicament. I was tired of hearing government ministers lambaste
the likes of me as irresponsible scroungers. I wanted Gordon Brown in

He went on to become one of the longest-serving Chancellors of the
Exchequer that Britain has ever seen. While our economy grew strongly,
he could have stood back and done nothing; on the contrary, he brought
in and continually drove up the minimum wage, and 600,000 children and
a million pensioners were raised out of poverty. Brown believed the
wealthy would always be able to look after themselves; it was people at
the other end of the economic scale that government ought to be helping.

When capitalism shuddered on its foundations last year, Brownite words
like responsibility and morality started issuing from the unlikeliest
politicians. Global financial regulation, something Brown had advocated
long before last September, shot to the top of the political agenda.
Now Prime Minister, Brown took a lead among European leaders in setting
a course for economic recovery. He hosted the most important meeting of
the world’s major economies in years. In doing so, the British press
said, he had become “Chancellor to the world.”

The son of a Presbyterian minister, with a formidable intellect and a
work ethic to shame a nest of ants, the 58-year-old Brown is frequently
dubbed “dour.” I know him as affable, funny and gregarious, a great
listener, a kind and loyal friend. These are strange and turbulent
times, but issues of fairness, equality and protection of the poor have
never been more important. I still want Gordon Brown in charge.

42 Responses to JK Rowling Writes Piece on U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown for Time Magazine

Avatar ImageAttolia says: Interesting. I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise, seeing as she gave a whole lot of money to the Labour party a while ago, but I never expected her to take the time to do something like this.Avatar Imagejain says: 'chancellor to the world'! dear god, no wonder we're in a mess!Avatar ImageBradyboy says: Good for Jo to voice her opinions. Avatar Imageizziewitch says: Even in writing something as simple as this, Jo shows off her talent for empathy and description. Glad they asked her to do it.Avatar Imagecghambright says: She has such a way with words. I was just listening to her Harvard Commencement Speech and...WOW! I can't wait to read whatever she writes in the future!!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I am once again moved by her capacity to express herself so eloquently with words; never do I cease to be impressed by the manner in which her words flow with such ease and grace. Regardless of one's political views, one must agree with her that Gordon Brown has faced challenges that few people ever do and we must applaud him for his efforts to remedy the problems to the best of his abilities.Avatar Imagelumosshimmy says: Jo is just so brilliant. I'm glad she's being asked to use her writing for intellectual and influencial readers. She's so good at expressing her beliefs and her words just make sense. I feel like we need more writers like her in the world, who are able to describe the actual problems in the world, instead of just being super political all the time. Avatar ImageLinnyish says: Interesting to hear Jo's thughts on this, a lot of the politically minded people that I know are conservatives, so it's refreshing to read something positive about our current leader! I don't know about politics, but I think Brown's doing well for the situation he's in. Also, I love Helena Bonham Carter's hair in the new photo gallery about the Museum of British Folklore Fete. Think her dress would be nicer in different colours though..Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: I'm just so darned cynical about politicians. I can't get excited about any of them. Avatar ImageThe Giant Toadstool says: yay Jo!Avatar Imagesue1308 says: I love her expressions such as "a work ethic to shame a nest of ants". Typically Rowling, brilliant!Avatar ImageCatherine says: wow! well all i really have to say on the subject is....its nice to see you writting again Jo!Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: J.K. Rowling is a woman of many aspects. She seems to have her foot in every door available. LoL. I can't wait for a new book. I'd love to be able to set down with a big thick novel that J.K. has written and get lost in it, much like I did with Harry Potter. I doubt ANYTHING will be as good as Harry Potter, but if there ever is, I'm sure it will come from J.K.. I've read many books by many authors, and so far, Dan Brown and Stephen King are the only two that, I believe, have talent that "Almost" matches hers. Almost! LOL. Avatar ImageBeazle says: I admire Jo enormously but Brown is way past his sell by date and the sooner we get rid of him the better ! Avatar ImageCajonLady says: I read that Jo was a "self described leftist" but are you kidding me... Britain has become a total mess under Labour. I have friends that have left Britain to get away from the insanity. I guess one can be a brilliant author and politically clueless at the same time. Avatar Imageiconshero says: Hey I respect the Idea that shes writing different things. :-DAvatar Imagehermyone08 says: Jo can write anything!Avatar ImageShane says: @cghambright I absolutely loved her Harvard speech. It was awesome.Avatar Imagehbp will be betterthan tdk says: good Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: wow. this is great. I think Mr. Brown is an incredibly lucky man to have Jo write about him AND write about him w/ so much respect.. I would love for Jo to write a column..Reading her opinions every week or even every month would be pretty osm...especially since she writes so well :)Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Good for Jo to voice her opinions to us.Avatar ImageBeazle says: Its amazing that she can be so so out of step with what the vast majority of people think. OK -she is Brown's friend -and full marks to her for being very loyal, but its the first I have heard of a nice lady staying on the sinking ship ! Avatar ImageBeazle says: Its amazing that she can be so so out of step with what the vast majority of people think. OK -she is Brown's friend -and full marks to her for being very loyal, but its the first I have heard of a nice lady staying on the sinking ship ! Avatar Imagescarymissmary28 says: interesting article,I enjoyed reading Jo's words once again,even if it's an article that praises a politician(I just can't trust them)Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: I really love it when she writes even these kinds of stuff not related to HP at all. There's always a hint of the wizarding world in it. :DAvatar Imagejain says: Jo is a great writer, however this is borderline sycophantic in style.Avatar ImageWickedLoz says: Very interesting article. Although I know very little about British politics, I think it is a little childish that those who don't agree with her are saying she is politically clueless. Clearly she isn't, her ideas just differ from yours. Avatar ImageMadamPenna says: sing it, sister!Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: As always, Ms. Rowling, wonderful writing!!Avatar ImageCellar Door says: I get excited whenever I see something written by Jo; even her to-do list would catch my attention completely. And I agree completely with Mary11, it would be wonderful if she wrote a column periodically.Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: hmmm... well i can see where Jo is coming from, and she has a real way with words,... but on the other hand i don't support Labour, i support Green followed by liberal democrats... my parents used to be very poor and labour didn't help them much... but i don't know... i'm sure he is a nice person if Jo say's he is... xAvatar ImageAleraofRavenclaw says: Wow JKR really is a gifted writer - she can write nonfiction as well as fiction. That's hard. You can see here that she really cares about what she's written. She is really sincerely grateful for what Prime Minister Brown did for the poor while working as Chancellor of the Exchequer -- and since she was once on welfare, I'm sure she knows just how bad the plight of the poor was. I'm American, so I can't claim to know how the British political system works. But politics aside, I think this is very well written and deserves to be applauded for that reason alone. Good work JKR! (I still don't feel secure enough to call her Jo). Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: NO POLITICS!!!!! Commenting on Jo's writing is fine. This is not the place to spew your political opinions, no matter what they are. WE DON'T CARE!!!!!!!Avatar ImageHudMug1712 says: i am disappointed that such a brilliant woman would make such an unbelievably bad judgement and say that gordon brown is influencial in any way other that "dont do this and you'll be fine" he is a poor excuse for a politician and i was horrified enough when she gave him money.Avatar ImageProfessorPotter says: Hmm, well if Jo approves of Gordon Brown then i will vote for him, LOL. I believe Jo has good instincts about people and I trust her instinct. My only problem is Gordon brown seems too vulnerable and lacks authority. A prime minister needs to have a presence of authority who can get things done and give people confidence in him. Obama faces the same issues as Gordon but demands respect, is convicted, authoritative and instils confidence. Gordon has none of those qualities, I am afraid. All I can go on is Jo's word that he is sincere. And sincerity is after all the number one quality. But it is sincerity that we can never be too sure of the person we vote for. I prefer a leader that can lead and do the job rather than a leader that tries to please and gives me what I want.Avatar ImageGobbledygook says: yay jo!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: hmmmAvatar ImageDavid_uk says: Heh. It's not going to be a popular opinion, but I'm proud of Jo for having integrity and publishing something like this even when a lot of people won't like it. In my opinion there are three main reasons most people hate Brown: 1. The economy is in a mess and apparently that's his fault. [This is because as chancellor he did exactly what every other developed country in the world did. He should've been different people say, which is fair enough, but not a good reason to vote someone out imo.] 2. He isn't charismatic. And most importantly... 3. Because the press hate him. Most people believe what they see on TV and read in their newspapers without question, and that makes me rather sad. But the press is run by the rich and they also happen to love bandwagons because they sell very nicely. So as it stands I'm 90% sure he won't be the Prime Minister after the next election. We'll be slinging left wing intelligence for right wing charisma... there's a comment not often heard! Traditionally it's been the other way around in the UK. That's my take on it. I don't see that the country's in a mess at all, beyond the results of the economic crisis everyone's facing. This isn't the place to debate politics, so I doubt I'll check back here, but that's my two cents.Avatar Imageserp says: Wow! A wonderfully written piece! Her writing is so descriptive and heartwarming even though I don't support Labour! Cue rant: My mum rents properties and a lot of her tenants live off benefits with no intent of trying to get themselves out. And when the tenants wreck the house, steal furniture, bash in the walls and don't pay their rent, we're the ones who have to fork out the cash to pay for it. And when you've already spent time and money making it look beautiful for someone to live in, it's horrible coming back to find your house like that. Fair? I don't think so. Of course it's right to help those like Jo who are honest and hard working but find it extremely difficult to make ends meet, however allowing people to live off hand outs with no incentive to get back to work has to stop. Anyway, lol. Jo's awesome :)Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: Jo is such a talented writer. anything she writes is fabulous, whether it's about politicians or not. Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: That was interesting to read about Jo's political views.Avatar Imagepotterkid says: Beautifully written! She makes Gordon Brown sound so good, I'll have to get this article

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