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04:02 pm - Dinosaur socialist garbage
I was an unmarried mother in the nineties - though admittedly in a regular relationship - and I went to work which is acceptable these days but back then it was severely frowned on, people used to ask me daily if I felt guilty, and whether my children knew me. Anyway, there was constant griping about unmarried mothers from the government of the day, and the Daily Mail contingent.

JK Rowling experienced something similar until her writing took off. Her article in the Times defends the welfare state which enabled her to survive single parenthood.
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.

So far so relatively anodyne. What I want to draw your attention to is the comments on the Times site. Someone pointed out if you sort by most recommended you get the most insanely bigoted.
Rowling clearly feels bitter about those hard years. Perhaps she also feels guilty and conflicted about having sponged off the state.

Make people more responsible for their own actions. Yes, MAKE.

Dinosaur socialist garbage

You stupid woman!... I object to paying for young unmarried women to go out and get pregnant in order to spend a life on benefits and get a free house.

We have a whole strata of society that are little better than leaches!

I call Rowling a traitor

The Conservatives are more about people raising themselves up... than the state doing it for them. It's called personal responsibility.

Still got a nasty chip on her shoulder despite the billion.

pretty typical of Scottish prejudice against the English... I wonder how any normal person can live with such bitterness

I'm not interested in sob stories from single mothers

you need to understand that it is sensible to make sure that the relationship is right BEFORE you become pregnant

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From:watervole
Date:April 15th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
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I find the same with any article relating to environmental issues. I've learnt not to read the comments, simply because I find them so distressing.

The comments you list above are particularly nasty, when the point Rowling is making is that she has chosen to remain a British taxpayer rather than save vast sums by moving to a tax haven. She's paying taxes that support the bigoted commentators.
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From:communicator
Date:April 15th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
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You are quite right that I shouldn't look at comment threads. On the plus side, Murdoch will shortly be hiding them behind a pay wall where they can entertain each other - and will not be missed.
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From:watervole
Date:April 15th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I do hope so! Sometimes I can't help my eye sliding down and starting to read automatically.
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From:iainjcoleman
Date:April 15th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
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I read a suggestion somewhere that, instead of trying to make people pay for content (which won't work), newspapers should put the content up for free but make people pay to leave comments. It's an elegant solution: the self-righteous and self-important will be only too happy to make a small payment in order that their wisdom should be broadcast to the nation.
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From:communicator
Date:April 15th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Yes, this is a great idea
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From:andrewducker
Date:April 15th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Naah, they should _make_ you read the comments, unless you pay. I'd pay money not to wade through that vitriol.
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From:sallymn
Date:April 15th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
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I like that...
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From:iainjcoleman
Date:April 15th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Most of these, while vile, are unsurprising, but this...

pretty typical of Scottish prejudice against the English

...where the hell did that come from? Seriously, what was going on inside whatever passes for that person's mind?
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From:katlinel
Date:April 15th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
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I read that article yesterday and made the mistake of reading some of the comments. The comments are vile.
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From:communicator
Date:April 15th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
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And here's an article disagreeing with her in the Guardian, by a Tory candidate. Single parents are bad - and she's a single parent herself! 'I am divorced and a single parent, and nothing would have induced me to stay with my husband, but then again I run a successful business and can support myself.'
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From:katlinel
Date:April 15th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
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And there's a vile article, that might just as well be a concatenation of all the comments on the Times article, much like your post. There's a lovely bit where she talks about being open about sex and relationships which is preceded by saying all this openness shouldn't start till puberty.
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From:julesjones
Date:April 15th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
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I read the article, which I thought was excellent, but was extremely careful not to read the comments.
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From:sheenaghpugh
Date:April 16th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
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Comforting, though, that the bigoted nutters can so seldom spell. At least Rowling knows "leach" from "leech". If I were feeling ratty enough, I'd point that out sweetly in a comment...

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