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Naked Rambler supporter gets his message across on BBC Radio Scotland

The Kaye Adams phone-in programme

Special Correspondent

10 February 2016

Kaye Adams poses the question;


What’s the value of Prison?


”Every day in Scotland there are around 8,000 people locked up in prison. Pro rata, that is 3 times the amount in Sweden, double the amount in Germany. Prison reform groups say we lock up way too many offenders and more should be dealt with in the community. We actually talked about this on the programme yesterday – a specific proposal to scrap prison sentences of less than a year – advocates of it say, that as well as reducing the prison population, it will cut re-offending rates. It will also obviously be the cheaper option. As I say it poses the question: What is the value of prison?”

Kaye:Robert in Kilsyth. Good Morning Robert!

Robert:Good Morning Kaye!”

Kaye:Good Morning. How are you this morning?

Robert:Great thanks. Beautiful Morning.”

Kaye:Yes it is. It’s gorgeous. So your thoughts on who should and shouldn’t be in the nick.”

Robert:Yea, I was listening to the programme this morning and the first name that kind of popped in to my head was Steve Gough, who is well known as the naked rambler.”

Kaye:Yes, haven’t heard from him for a while.

Robert:He’s a fascinating character and probably a one off, but he is probably Britain’s most famous prisoner of conscience - and just for listeners who aren’t aware of the background – for the last ten years, Steve has been in and out of Scottish and English gaols. He hasn’t actually committed an original crime in being naked because it’s not actually illegal to walk around naked and lots of people do naked bike rides and so on. His only crime is to actually to be in breach of an ASBO and the ASBO is unique to Steve as he is the only person who is not allowed to walk around naked in Britain. So you or I could do it, if we so chose to do, which I don’t but there’s a fundamental issue of Human Rights here because Steve is unique. This is the only person with this ASBO. I think he is a fairly harmless eccentric and he’s certainly never caused any offence to anybody that I know off.”

Kaye:How long did he spend in prisons during various different sentences?”

Naked Rambler Stephen Gough outside Perth Prison July 2012 - © Copyright John Hamiltoni 2012

Stephen Slominski

Broadcasting for Winchester News Online

As the cold weather forces people to put on extra layers, one person notorious for his lack of clothes is Stephen Gough, otherwise known as the Naked Rambler. Having served stints in prison for over ten years, including spending time in solitary confinement, a judge has now said Gough has served enough time in prison for breaking the terms of an ASBO. Stephen Slominski was there to see him come out.” Victoria Wang -

Robert:The total is pretty much most of the last ten years, which is incredible. That’s a sentence which is equivalent to murder or life.”

Kaye: “…and cost to the tax payer somewhere around £300,000 I think because it’s around £30,000 a year.”

Robert:Absolutely horrendous. What’s more, a lot of that period has been spent in solitary confinement because the prison system refuses to allow him free association with other prisoners on the basis of the fact that somehow his nakedness might corrupt them I think, which is quite bazar. So, it’s not just that he’s been in prison, he’s actually been subjected to, which I would regard as, a cruel and unusual denial of his human rights of association.”

Kaye:Where is he now? He is a name, for a few years, we heard on a regular basis but I haven’t heard from him for a while? Do you know where Steve Gough is now?”

Robert:Yes, Steve was released from Winchester Prison, just shortly before* Christmas and he’s been spending time with his mum who is quite elderly and with other members of his family. So he has not attempted, as far as I am aware, or if he has he’s done it fairly discretely, to go naked walking and maybe the weather has something to do with that as well. It’s been a bit cold.

Kaye:But if he does again [go naked in public] then presumably he will again be arrested and likely end up in gaol?”

Robert:It’s the classic case of breaking the butterfly on the wheel, Kaye. It’s absolutely awful to think that this decent, dignified and rather simple man, who has a very straightforward mission in life which is to try and tell everybody that the body is not evil or wicked or essentially ugly – and that we all have one, and that we’re all born with one and that we all die with one – and he’s almost like a kind of religious person in a sense – a monastic person – who is content to carry on suffering to try and get across a simple educational message that there is nothing wrong with the body and I just feel that every day Steve is in prison offends me as a human being. It makes me really upset.”

Kaye:Robert, thank you very much for your call. As you say, Stephen Gough the naked rambler, as many people will know him, is a very kind of unusual example but in terms of what prison does for people and whether or not it is a blunt instrument, well I guess it kind of tells that story in fairly primary colours.”

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The Naked Rambler at the Mountains of Madness Cushions -  © 2014 Copyright image from a painting by Glen Vaudrey Solitary Confinement -  © Copyright image 2015 Ian Beveridge October 9th 2012 - Naked Rambler Stephen Gough celebrating crossing the English border after serving six and a half years in Scottish prisons for simply appearing naked in public -   © Copyright image 2012 John Hamilton Naked Rambler Stephen Gough shares his principle on nudity - Click picture for short video - © Copyright image 2012  Knut Caspari An Audience with Stephen Gough - Click image for profile interview - © Copyright image 2015 James Arthur Allen

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Click on this picture above for a short video. Stephen Gough uses a quotation from Edmund Burke a politician elected to Parliament by the constituents of Bristol on Thursday November 3rd 1774, to explain why, in his key note speech, the philosophy on living by one’s own judgement.

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The Kaye Adams Programme - 10 02 2016 - What is the value of prison?

Click on the image above to listen again to the Kaye Adams programme on the subject of, “What’s the value of Prison?”

For the heartfelt feelings of an avid caller about Stephen Gough - expressed on the BBC Radio Scotland Kaye Adams phone-in programme: scroll forward to 0:55 minutes > 0:59 minutes, just before the 10 o clock news.

* Stephen Gough was released from Winchester Prison shortly after Christmas on 15th January 2016 and as far as we know, he is still living at home with his mum in Eastleigh.

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