Mmm, I’m not sure that I would rate the ability or opinion of a Queen’s Counsel who determines that:
It is in my opinion an entirely different matter to decide for whatever reason that a particular service will not be provided to anyone. In that situation all are being treated equally in that no person of any belief or none can travel on the ferry.
So we are all being treated equally because nobody can travel by ferry on a Sunday?
If you want to be technical, pedantic, and small-minded about it, then his view is correct. However it’s a stance that doesn’t really help address the issue even if it does give the eejits in the LDOS a tenuous straw to clutch. What is more, they and their so-called QC are, perhaps deliberately, missing the more significant point that the lack of a Sunday ferry and access to services places us on an unequal footing with the rest of the Western Isles and also with the rest of Scotland.
In which context we’re not really being treated equally at all, are we?
Perhaps those who think that denying everyone access to something amounts to equality need to stop and think. Would you solve the inequalities of health provision, e.g. a treatment being available in one area but not another, by denying everyone access to that treatment? Should we resolve issues of inequality that arise from religion be denying religious freedom? Of course not, that would be foolish. Is it not more sensible, fairer and oh, I don’t know, equal to extend the provision of health care or religious freedom to include everyone?