Steve Gough – aka The Naked Rambler – made history today, as he appeared naked in court. Well sort of. He appeared by video link and he only appeared naked above the table that hid the rest of him.
This is really beyond belief.
I have never met Gough personally, but I doubt that he is a danger to those around him and can only agree with the Barrister Blogger who wrote in 2014: “[Gough’s] obsessiveness is matched by the determination of Hampshire Police and Wessex CPS who have been relentless and very successful in their attempts to ensure that the sensitive residents of Winchester are not caused any distress by the sight of Mr Gough’s private parts.”
Is it not time that Allison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions and Jeremy Wright, the Attorney General called in Wessex CPS to find out what exactly their objective is. Apart from making themselves and English lawyers in general, a laughing stock that is. Gough has not broken any law, apart from the one designed to tackle anti-social behaviour such as graffiti and low-level crime. In this case they are acting counter to Parliament’s intentions, and in doing so they have misused and abused the law.
Chairman, Naturist Action Group.