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European Courts


Human Rights:

Short Summary

of recent judgement of Stephen Gough v United Kingdom

The Telegraph by Matthew Scott

My client Stephen Gough, a former Royal Marine better known as the Naked Rambler, has now been in prison, largely in a segregation unit, for the best part of nine years.

Once the remission rules are taken into account, that is the equivalent of a sentence of nearly 18 years. It is about what you would expect to get if you committed a rape of an eight year old child. By my very rough calculations the cost of imprisoning him, ignoring altogether legal and police costs, has been about £330,000. His offence has been that he won't wear clothes in public.

Who is being the most ridiculous here: Mr Gough, or the Crown Prosecution Service?

Click here for the link to the full Matthew Scott article :

Previously on barristerblogger by Matthew Scott Click Here :

Naked Rambler Stephen Gough - Scottish Borders October 9th 2012 - Day 4 of Naked Walk to Freedom Image courtesy of John Hamilton

Latest Instagram from Sunday Times: 17 August 2015

The Naked Rambler by Isobel Williams

Drawing from an uncomfortable Position.

I thought - fxxx! That is what I am!' says Stephen Gough, aka the Naked Rambler.

We each have to deal with our discovery of what we are. Steve's method is to go around undressed: 'I wanted to express that purity of what I am in the most obvious way.' So far his obviousness, or obliviousness, has cost him and the taxpayer nine years in prison.

My head aches: I banged it on a car door, pre-dawn groggy, at the start of a Keystone Kops aquaplaning trip up and down the M3 to find Steve. (We track him down in Sainsbury's car park, in the back seat of a car with blacked-out windows.)

For the full blog by Isobel Williams CLICK HERE

Latest Article from The Sunday Times:  16 August 2015

The Sunday Times by  Alev Scott

‘Even a return to solitary won’t stop me wandering as nature intended’ Stephen Gough.

It is a fight that has cost him even his children, but fresh out of prison yet again, the Naked Rambler vows to continue his long battle for the right to be nude.

Five minutes in the presence of Stephen Gough and you almost forget he’s naked. Sitting politely on a towel, gaunt and animated, he speaks passionately about freedom and truth, and then about more prosaic matters, such as how he misses having pockets.

For the full article in The Sunday Times CLICK HERE


Lukwesa Burak switches over to AL JAZEERA TV ‘The Naked Rambler’s favourite news anchor woman leaves Sky Television News and moves to Al Jazeera.’

Greg Richards reported on the Digital Spy forum recently: “Can't believe Lukwesa is now gone (From Sky TV News) too, she was a great asset to the channel.”

Yes, Lukwesa may have gone to find greener pastures on the Al Jazeera English Channel but our bonnie lassie from Zambia will never forget the day that she made the global news headlines herself too courtesy of the Naked Rambler Stephen Gough. Watch again as Lukwesa just can’t keep it together in this classic YouTube video from 9th June 2015.    Twitter Page

Latest News from Berlin Monday: 31 August 2015

Latest blog from life artist Isobel Williams: 16 August 2015

The Scottish Daily Mail by Jonathan Brocklebank

Is the Naked Rambler a Martyr or a Madman?

IN A FEW days a middle-aged man who has spent almost all of the last decade behind bars will walk free from prison and try to climb into the passenger seat of a waiting car with a friend at the wheel. If he manages that, the car will set off on a 15 minute journey to the home of the passenger’s 89-year-old mother in Eastleigh, Hampshire, where he hopes to spend a few days. If all goes to plan, Stephen Gough will then set off on his travels once more. Within an hour or two perhaps, he will be arrested and thrown in the cells again. When you absolutely refuse to put any clothes on, that is how life goes.

For the full Scottish Daily Mail article CLICK HERE

Latest Article from Scottish Daily Mail:  8 August 2015

Latest Comment on Court News: 13:35, 10 June 2015

Naked Rambler Stephen Gough interviewed by Alev Scott for the Sunday Times Friday 14th August 2015: Isobel Williams Artist’s impression of Stephen Gough being interviewed by Alev Scott for The Sunday Times: © Isobel Williams

The Sunday Times Instagram photographs from Andrew Hasson

Last Friday Andrew Hasson photographed Stephen Gough for the Sunday Times after his release from Winchester Prison, where he had spent most of the time in solitary confinement. Gough, 56, is popularly known as the Naked Rambler, and is Britain’s most high-profile nudist activist and while public nudity is not technically a crime under English law, Gough was detained for breaching an Asbo that prohibits him from appearing naked in public. Here are Andrew Hasson's thoughts about his encounter with Stephen Gough. "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."

To view the Sunday Times Instagram photographs by Andrew Hasson CLICK HERE & HERE & HERE

Naked Rambler Stephen Gough at Crowlink Friday August 14th 2015: Bob Dyer Naked Rambler Stephen Gough at Crowlink Friday August 14th 2015: Bob Dyer Images by Bob Dyer: Via Facebook:

Latest News from the World Wide Web: August 2015

Relaxing Naked in Berlin, because why not?

The Typewriter Store investigates by Brooke Nolan

Fancy spending some time relaxing with a bunch of naked Germans? It’s easy: head to one of the many saunas in winter, or a park or lake in summer.

Germany has a well-established tradition of embracing nudity in its many shapes and sizes. ‘Freikoerperkultur’, which translates literally as ‘Free Body Culture’, is based on a non-sexualised view of the body as a source of pride rather than shame or embarrassment. Click Here   

Latest report from BBC News: Thursday 3 September 2015

Clive Coleman: Naked Rambler 'to continue protest'

September 3rd 2015 Click Here for full story

A man who has spent 10 years in prison because he goes naked in public has told the BBC he will continue his protest even if it means he has to spend the rest of his life in custody.

The former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord (Ken) Macdonald QC says it is not in the public interest for Stephen Gough to be prosecuted as he does not pose a danger to the public. Mr Gough, known as the "Naked Rambler", was released from Winchester Prison on 14 August, aged 56, having served half of a 30-month sentence for breaching an anti-social behaviour order.

Naked Rambler 'to continue protest'

A Hampshire man who has spent 10 years in prison because he goes naked in public has told the BBC he will continue his protest even if it means he has to spend the rest of his life in custody

Posted by BBC South Today on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Latest comment from The Guardian: Friday 4 September 2015

Nudity isn’t indecent. It’s a noble British tradition

Philip Hoare:

September 4th 2015  Click Here for full story

Is it hypocritical to keep jailing the Naked Rambler when some of our greatest minds were applauded for getting their kit off?

Stephen Gough, the Naked Rambler, spends 10 years in prison. A 14-year-old schoolboy’s future is blighted for at least a decade because of a naked selfie. What’s “indecent” here – a person wearing no clothes, or a hypocritical society? Surely there’s nothing more seemly than the human body. “Nature has but little clay, like that of which she moulded you,” as Virginia Woolf, who went skinny-dipping with Rupert Brooke, wrote.

The nude is a historical celebration of our intrinsic beauty, the epitome of fine art, from classical statuary and Michelangelo to Spencer Tunick’s contemporary installations and Marc Quinn’s Trafalgar Square plinth statue of the naked Alison Lapper. There is barely a public building unadorned with a naked sculpture, yet we criminalise the real thing. Punishing people for being as God intended (or whomsoever you think made you) is itself a perversion – and actually sexualises the naked body in an extraordinarily unhealthy way.

Stephen Gough shares his principle on Naked Rambling and explains why he refuses to put his clothes on in public.

“Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion”.

Edmund Burke

Latest arrrest announced on Twitter:  Friday 11 September 2015

Naked Rambler Stephen Gough - Image copyright James Arthur Allen. Mona Lisa - Image painted by Leonardo da Vinci

Naked Rambler arrested outside Twyford, Hampshire

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September 11th 2015

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The long arm of the law finally reached out to the Naked Rambler Stephen Gough as he was nabbed red-handed outside Twyford in Hampshire today.

Stephen Gough was arrested while heading back home to his mother’s house in Eastleigh after enjoying only 4 weeks of freedom on the road, mostly in the sunshine, at various locations on the south coast of England (Fairlight nudist beach) and later hiking in the Cotswolds.

Naked Rambler supporter, Augustus said, “I spent a few hours talking with Stephen today, then I went to move my car and rendezvous with him near Twyford around 4pm - but the police arrested him before he got to me.”

Mr Gough’s supporters have taken the news of his arrest stoically. G. Newman said, “I don't pretend to understand Steve's thinking but he is a brave man following his own path and I wish him good luck.”

Others have been more scathing, P. Davis, “Police are overstretched and undermanned? Yeah right. If they can spend a million pounds and waste time depriving a British citizen of ten years of his freedom for doing nothing offensive then we are not as civilised a society as I had hoped.”

Latest  update on Naked Rambler arrrest:  Monday 14 September 2015

Naked Rambler makes new appearance in court

Justice Gap first to break news with court unveiling

September 14th 2015  Basingstoke or Aldershot?

The Naked Rambler Stephen Gough has reportedly made an appearance at either Basingstoke or Aldershot Magistrates Court in Hampshire on Saturday, although confirmation is still sketchy at the time of going to press.

Naked Rambler Stephen Gough as drawn by artist Isobel Williams - Friday August 14th 2015 Naked Rambler Stephen Gough as drawn by artist Isobel Williams - Friday August 14th 2015 Artist’s impressions of Stephen Gough - © Isobel Williams

Regional Press reports on Naked Rambler arrrest:  Tuesday 15 September 2015

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What’s the Buzz?  September 15th 2015  Western Daily Press - Editor’s Pick on Naked Rambler News

Several of the regional newspapers online have today commented on Stephen Gough’s arrest in Twyford on Friday and his brief appearance at Basingstoke Magistrates Court over the weekend.

Bristol & Avon’s ‘Western Daily Press’ was our pick of the bunch with a new photo gallery of eight previously unseen images of the Naked Rambler in various stages of undress and some very colourful reporting by the west country press editor: ‘Wacky Stephen’. (Not that we’re complaining. They have a right to their opinion!)

The Daily Echo was the first off the mark at 10:00am today with this news stub: “AN EASTLEIGH man known as the “naked rambler” has been arrested. Police have confirmed Stephen Gough was arrested and charged with breaching his anti-social behaviour order, which bans him from baring all in public. The 56-year-old, of Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Saturday after being arrested in Twyford on Friday afternoon. He was remanded in custody to appear at Winchester Crown Court on October 7.

Best of the Rest: No.3 Plymouth Herald No. 4 Torquay Herald Express No. 5 Hampshire Chronicle

For live updates on the Naked Rambler News see: Stephen Gough’s Facebook Supporters Page Here

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