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2015: The Year for Scottish Naturism?

This is currently just a piece of idle speculation but on 19th September 2014 the people of Scotland will be voting in a referendum in which they have the choice between independence or stick with the rest of us and the United Kingdom. What if the people of Scotland decided for independence, how would it affect naturism on this island?

Just for the sake of argument I am going to assume Scotland becomes independent and so I don’t tie myself into knots of different meaning, if I write Scotland then I will mean an independent Scotland; if I write United Kingdom (UK) then I will mean England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

British Naturism and an Independent Scotland

It is unclear how many members BN has resident north of the border but, as I understand it, British Naturism will no longer represent them once independence has taken effect. Under INF rules one country, one representative organisation. That does not mean foreign nationals could not join the representative organisation of another country, plenty of naturists in Northern Ireland for instance, not only belong to BN but the Irish Naturist Association (INA) too. It does mean they end up paying for two memberships of course, and paying double to the INF but if that is the price they are willing to pay….

As for what remained of the current region – SANER – which includes Northern Ireland, the English counties could easily be absorbed into North Western, and Yorkshire and East Midlands Regions, unless BN creates a whole new region of course. But that still leaves Northern Ireland, what could be done with that? Attach it to North Western Region perhaps? Or even dissolve it and have an all Ireland naturist association, but then we come against the INF rule one country, one representative body again and officially, Northern Ireland will still be a part of the United Kingdom.

Only, it isn’t just a question of members. What if independence comes halfway through a Scottish members’ year? Will BN have to refund what remained of their membership fee? If a Scottish naturist association was formed, could that money be transferred to the new organisation and a new membership created?

Scottish Naturism

I suspect the fallout from Scottish independence will affect BN, representing the UK, much less than Scottish naturists who will have to decide how they will organise themselves. With just two landed clubs and one swim/landless club, all located in the south of the country they could easily follow the template given to them from BN or follow what the Irish have done. Or they can start with a clean sheet of paper and create something that is unique to them. But perhaps the first question they will need to ask will be: Is Scottish Naturism a viable prospect?

Pointless Exercise

Of course, this whole thing may be a pointless exercise as (at the time of writing) the BBC website puts the opinion polls at 53 per cent AGAINST independence, 36 per cent FOR, with nine per cent undecided. There is still 21/2 months to go however, and anything can happen between now and then.

2 Responses to 2015: The Year for Scottish Naturism?

  • I feel the main body of BN have already abandoned Scotland. If it was not for some hard working individuals in Scotland willing to organise the Scottish Weekend then we’d be a forgotten land. I’ve requested numerous times for BN to take up the challenge with Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire Council to provide a naturist area on their miles of available sandy beaches but nothing done. I’ve also asked for BN to contact Police forces and Scottish government to get the laws and regulations clarified and sorted, nothing done. BN spent time and effort on a fold up information leaflet distributed through the magazine for England & Welsh law, nothing for Scotland. BN should be a lot more active in Scotland, putting pressure on local authorities, police and government for its members benefit. As for an independent Scotland I feel that if this happens then a Naturist organisation would not be feasible, what with declining BN membership, and people’s reluctance to join a club with archaic rules and conditions. Majority of us now enjoy naturism in our own places, and travel abroad for relaxing naturist holidays.

  • I don’t disagree with what you say Andy, but to be fair to British Naturism, they can only act if they have the resources available. We have the same issue. It’s a vicious circle sadly and one that can only be broken if the people who are currently not helping, change their mind and volunteer.

    If Scotland did vote for independence, the advantage for Scotland is that you (I’m assuming you are a Scot living in Scotland) can design your own organisation in such a way it will be fit for purpose in Scotland, and you can get rid of the archaic rules and conditions you refer to. On the other hand, it seems from what you say is that few Scots would be interested in organised naturism, so perhaps you’re right. But I am still left with a question, who left whom? Did BN leave Scotland, or did Scottish naturists leave organised naturism?

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