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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Monday 3 March 2008

The Outer Hebrides and religion - and its impact on tourism promotion

I've never been to the Outer Hebrides and everything I've ever heard about that part of Scotland makes me more and more disinclined ever to contemplate a visit.

If it's not the 'wee Frees' fretting about Sunday ferry services, it's that other religious 'brand' scuppering efforts to promote tourism, because these religious bigots seem to think there's something wrong with being able to see the bodies that the Good Lord chose to give us.

What's one to do with a community that won't help itself, as was exemplified recently by its rejection of plans to build renewable power generation capacity there, despite the wish of the local authority for it to go ahead? Personally I think all central government subsidies to this part of Scotland and the UK should be cut off summarily. Why should the rest of the country continue to subsidise areas like this which reject practical efforts to help them improve their economic lot?

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