I mentioned Gough many years ago on this site. Does anyone here remember Vincent Bethel? and if you do, what are/were your thoughts about him at the time?
I moved to Norwich City Centre in August. Very warm… and a great place to be. Having met some great people in a restaurant, I decided to sit in a lovely small church square garden I had found. I took off my clothes and lit my pipe and strolled around this lovely space. It was 11pm, so I thought, OK? ANYWAY, an off-duty policeman came up to me and suggested I should get dressed. I explained very politely that being naked in the UK is not against the law. The obvious response was “indecent exposure” which any one passing could call the active police in the area. Well after some discussion on this point, and deciding to get dressed. it suddenly struck me that women can never be accused of indecent exposure, because nothing is seen??? That really ????ed me off but true and OK!
January 13, 2018 in Uncategorized
Stephen Peter Gough (born 13 May 1959), popularly known as the “Naked Rambler”, is a British activist and former Royal Marine and prisoner of conscience. In 2003–04, he walked the length of Great Britain naked, but was arrested when he did it again in 2005-06. Since then he has spent most of the intervening years in prison, having been repeatedly rearrested for contempt of court for public nudity, each time within a short period after release. Gough stands 6’4″ tall and has served most of his sentences in Saughton Prison and Perth prision in Scotland.
12 years after being prisonned on numerous occassions, he was finally helped…
On 14 August 2015 Stephen Gough was released from Winchester prison. At around 6:30am he got into a car inside the prison grounds and was transported from Winchester to Sussex. On his release from prison, The Sunday Times described him as a previous ‘prisoner of conscience.’
Daniel Finkelstein wrote about Gough and his practice of unlimited naturism in The Times just before Christmas 2015:
|“||Our standards of modesty and decency have changed so much and so rapidly that it is hard to believe that they won’t change further, making complete nudity perfectly normal. In anticipating this, Stephen Gough is not dotty, he is just slightly ahead of the rest of us. And when he puts his case to be allowed his nudity, it is hard to resist. The rest of us are the dotty ones, insisting upon dress for which there frankly isn’t a reasonable argument. Yet he should still go to jail.||”|
In Finkelstein’s opinion: “The refusal of individuals to abide by court rulings is deeply injurious to a free society based upon law, and we have to protect ourselves against it.”
What did he do that was wrong though…. he went for a walk