On the vexed issue of the opening of the Stornoway leisure centre on Sundays, he
claims that the Comhairle took 'a democratic decision' that reflected the 'need to
represent the views of the majority of people in our wards."
So it appears the tyranny of the majority is the democratic principle at work on
Lewis. It is often said that societies should be judged by how they treat their minorities.
In this case, the Comhairle seems to wilfully ignore the fact that its job is to
cater for all its citizens on equal terms. Likewise, councillors are supposed to
represent all their electorate and not just those of a particular philosophical belief
which they may happen to share.
The very least we should expect of our elected representatives is that they judge
and decide on key issues having given them due consideration based on reason, rationalism
and the wider public interest. When instead individual councillors appear to make
decisions based on personal religious belief and narrow personal conscience, then
there is a democratic deficit that needs to be addressed.
But will the Comhairle address it? I am not holding my breath.