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ASBO DEFEAT!!! Is this the End of the Road for the Naked Rambler Stephen Gough?

The European Court of Human Rights, sitting on 12 June 2018 as a committee of international judges, composed of Kristina Pardalos (President), Ksenija Turković and Tim Eickem (Judges) and Renata Degener (Deputy Section Registrar), presided over the fate of the Naked Rambler in his long awaited ASBO appeal, officially listed as ‘Stephen Peter GOUGH against the United Kingdom’. Their decision (as far as we can tell) went unreported in the British press. It was only after several people had been in touch via emails and on social media, asking about Stephen Gough’s current situation and his whereabouts, that we were compelled to investigate the case further and take a closer look at all the details freely available online.

The ASBO application was lodged with the Court on 9 January 2015. Stephen Gough’s appeal took 3 years and 5 months to come before the committee. No wonder then, that this one passed silently under the British newspapers’ radar. Gough was represented before the Court by Mr Mike Schwarz of Bindmans LLP, a lawyer practising in London, who has covered the Naked Rambler’s trials and tribulations on a few other occasions. The United Kingdom Government were represented by their Agent, Ms Amanda Hennedy-Goble, a barrister also based in London.

A Press release produced by the European Court of Human Rights Registry on 27 June 2018, announced that they would be notifying in writing, 44 judgements and/or decisions on Thursday 5 July 2018. Three of these decisions were awarded several paragraphs of space outlining the cases placed before the judges. Boyadzhieva & Gloria v. Bulgaria (nos. 412299/09 and 11132/10) was a commercial dispute about pharmaceuticals sold to a company which was then declared insolvent. Medjaouri v. France (no. 45196/15) was an order to deport the applicant to Algeria. Makarová v. United Kingdom (no. 67149/17) described the strange case of a Czech national’s complaint about the lack of effectiveness of criminal proceedings brought against a man who was accused and acquitted of killing her brother in London in 2016. The other 41 cases in a long list, merited just one single line each, giving merely the names of the applicants and defendants and their case numbers. Stephen Gough’s case, Gough v. the United Kingdom (no. 2153/15) sat forlornly at the bottom of the pile. Unseen and unheralded by all, until now.

Ʌ"Crowlink is a beautiful place to go for a walk; high up on the South Downs with views over the English Channel and down towards Birling Gap. It’s popular with walkers, and I’d arranged to meet one there. Stephen Gough had been released from Winchester Prison that morning, after serving a year for breaking the conditions of his ASBO. He had been alone in his cell for all but half an hour of each day. Stephen, aka The Naked Rambler, believes it is his human right to be naked, if he so chooses. Which is all the time. Taking pictures of naked people for publication in newspapers is fraught with difficulties; full-frontal is frowned upon, while a bare bottom is always funny. Stephen was aware of this, of course, but quite rightly didn’t care very much. It was my problem. He had never been to Crowlink before and was happy to take in the marvellous view while I took pictures. I have met other recently-released prisoners in the past and they all share one common characteristic; they love to look all around them at the open spaces and up at the sky. It’s as if they are hypnotised by the wonder of it all; the incredible distances between everything. I think you can see it in Stephen’s face."  Andrew Hasson - The Sunday Times.

Stephen Gough at Crowlink Hill, East Sussex after his release from Winchester Prison. Copyright Andreww Hasson - The Sunday Times Stephen Gough at Crowlink,       East Sussex on 14 August 2015 Copyright - Andrew Hasson - Sunday Times

Free Naked Rambler Art Competition

To celebrate the 7th anniversary of Stephen Gough being released from a Scottish Prison in October 2012, we will be running a Free Naked Rambler Art Competition. Send us your portrait paintings of Stephen Gough derived from the many Naked Rambler images available on Google image searches. You can also post your Naked Rambler artwork on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtags #portraitpainting #nakedrambler #stephengough #oilpainting. We will be looking out for them on a weekly basis.

First Prize - £100. Second Prize - £50.

Third Prize - £25. Entries close October 31st 2019.


Naked Rambler Portrait Art - Picture Image (C) James Arthur Allen 2015 - Stephen Gough Oil Painting - (C) 2018 Copyright pinkeyepoxy Instagram

Briefly, Stephen Gough alleged that the imposition of the ASBO on him breached his Human rights under Article 10 of the Convention. He argued that its only purpose was to circumvent the maximum penalties permitted for public nudity by the Public Order Act and that, as a result, it did not pursue a legitimate aim. He further argued that it was neither necessary nor proportionate since it conferred no further powers on the police to deal with his behaviour and constituted a blanket prohibition on public nudity, removing any police and prosecutorial discretion. And as a consequence of the imposition of the ASBO it was an automatic prosecution and imprisonment indefinitely and in conditions akin to solitary confinement.

The Government argued that Stephen Gough did not raise any new issues of substance compared with the previous Human Rights court case brought by himself in October 2014. A full list of which is available in the old court records found here.

In Paragraphs 50 to 75 in this new court decision located here, the court lays out its reasoning for declaring that the claim of ‘Stephen Gough against the United Kingdom - Mark II’ was ‘manifestly ill-founded [and] unanimously declares the application inadmissible’. A sad ending to our rambling tale. Or is it?

Can this really be the end of the road for the Naked Rambler? In Alev Scott’s Sunday Times interview with Stephen Gough after his release from Winchester Prison, the Anglo-Turkish journalist wrote in her article, published on Sunday 16 August 2015; Last Tuesday, the Court of Appeal refused to certify that Gough’s latest appeal raised a point of law of general public importance, which means he has exhausted his avenues of appeal in the UK. Gough is surprisingly upbeat about the loss. ‘It could be good news – if it goes to the next level [the European Court of Human Rights], more people are going to know about it.’ [he said] “. Stephen Gough never gained the publicity he craved from his ASBO appeal at the European Court of Human Rights.Perhaps this comprehensive de-briefing is a far more fitting tribute to Britain’s number one nude activist in the end.

Read the full August 2015 complimentary Stephen Gough interview with Alev Scott Here, which is available for free to new Sunday Times readers.

New Look for the Naked Rambler

Welcome to our new Mobile Phone version layout. We had some criticism in a generic spam email, from a US company calling itself ‘Brandenic’, that our; ‘Naked Rambler website design doesn't work properly on Mobile Phones, (which is how people browse the web these days). It doesn't adjust properly when you resize the screen - It's hard to read on larger displays. The design looks really, really dated compared to some of your competitors’ etc, etc, etc.

Who were they trying to kid? They think the Naked Rambler has competitors? LOL. It was obviously a very poor sales pitch, perhaps even a scam but it got us thinking that perhaps our Naked Rambler website ‘really, really WAS outdated’.

So BARE with us while our old webmaster Steve takes up the challenge to experiment with his new and exciting website layout for mobile phones here on the Home Page.

The Original Naked Rambler Home Page, designed to resemble the front cover of The Sunday Times and more suitable for laptops, is still available Here and in the navigation bar under the ‘Classic’ page title. Published September 11, 2019.

The Naked Rambler, the naked barrister and the naked artist

Isobel Williams draws in the public seats of the UK Supreme Court, with the court’s permission, and records her impressions on her blog page at isobelwilliams.blogspot.com. In 2015 Isobel travelled to Winchester Crown Court on two separate occasions to cover Stephen Gough’s appearances before Judge Keith Cutler CBE, after the Naked Rambler had breached his ASBO conditions that resulted in his subsequent arrest and imprisonment. Unlike the Supreme Court, there are many restrictions on reporting upon events in Crown courtrooms in England and Wales including a ban on sketching. Court artists therefore have to use their memories and Isobel records her frustration in this article, ‘Drawing The Line’. Earlier that year, Isobel had the good fortune to do some life drawings of the Naked Rambler after he was released from prison and she caught up with him in a safe house, somewhere in Winchester. Her story and record of that event can be viewed on her blog, The Naked Rambler and raw Clare.  

Get the lowdown on the highest court in the land -  The Supreme Court: a guide for bears by Isobel Williams  is available from the UK Supreme Court, bookshops and Amazon- Click on image for more reviews. Copyright (C) Isobel Williams Get the lowdown on the highest court in the land.  Click on the teddy bears  Image above for details.

Explore the World with the Naked Rambler

Naked Ramblers come in all shapes and sizes. We take a leaf out of Instagram’s book

  Click Here for a few decent proposals

European Court News

Stephen Gough Loses Euro ASBO Challenge

Click Here for the full  European Court of Human Rights ASBO Appeal Decision

‘The Nude Uncovered’

English scholar Mary Beard has been commissioned to produce a two part TV programme for BBC2

Click Here for the bare essentials of this story

Click on the image for the full Daily Mail report on The Naked Rambler as you've never seen him before - wearing CLOTHES! Nude campaigner quits his bizarre crusade so he can take his sick mother for walks.  Copyright Image © Solent News and Photo Agency 2016

Stephen Gough (above) at home in Eastleigh. See the full report here for the Hampshire Chronicle article on the Naked Rambler covering up in 2016 to look after his elderly mother.

Naked Rambler Stephen Gough having a break after his release from Winchester Prison.January  2016 - Click image to enlarge.

Stephen Gough takes a break after being released from Winchester Prison and explains his principle on freedom and naked rambling in a rare interview with Stephen Slominski for Winchester News Online here