Thursday, 9 June 2011


It is reported on local news website Hebrides News that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is considering whether the Sunday closure of the Sports Centre in Stornoway does not constitute religious discrimination. At the moment, all Council facilities in Lewis and Harris are closed on Sunday, out of deference to the presbyterian tradition in those islands. The only problem is that so many other facilities and services, not Council operated, are open and working on the Sunday. Planes have been flying in and out of Stornoway airport since 2002, the Stornoway to Ullapool ferry runs on Sunday since July 2009, and so does the ferry between Harris and Berneray.

I don’t think it is necessary to resort to the discrimination aspect. The policy has become inconsistent across the islands. It is not fair to apply one rule in one part of the island chain and another somewhere else. For reference, the Sunday crossing to and from Ullapool is the busiest crossing of the week.

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