It has been reported that an employment judge has upheld a ruling that an SNP councillor’s belief in independence is similar to a religion.
According to The Herald here, Ministry of Defence lawyers appealed the decision in a discrimination case brought by Chris McEleny, but a judge has rejected the legal bid.
A summary of his case stated: ”
“The claimant submitted that he was not claiming to believe that Scottish independence could improve the lives and economy of Scottish people.
His belief that decisions regarding Scotland should be made by the people of Scotland regardless of the outcome will never change.”
In response, the Ministry of Defence said:
“It [independence] does not impact on people in a general sense and provide a moral and ethical code by which people choose to live their lives. Regardless of its importance to the electorate of Scotland, Scottish independence and the SNP have no substantial impact on the lives of citizens in for example Tanzania, Peru or India.”
He told The Herald:
“I very much welcome the decision and thank everyone for the support shown to date. Naturally, as I am sure people will understand, I will refrain from further comment until after the full conclusion of proceedings.”