Yes, I know, the law is the law:
The former Royal Marine, who became notorious for his naked hike from Land\’s End to John O\’Groats in 2003, has spent much of the past seven years in prison for repeatedly appearing nude in public.
He was yesterday found guilty of breaching the peace when he walked naked from Perth prison in December after finishing a 12 month sentence for the same offence. Mr Gough was warned he will continue to be jailed every time he steps out of prison without any clothes on.
Mr Gough said he accepted he could \”potentially\” remain in jail forever and added: \”This is about individual freedom.\”
The father of two has spent most of the past seven years in Scottish jails after stripping off on a flight to Edinburgh. Since then he has declined to wear prison uniform or to appear clothed in court, resulting in further custodial sentences for contempt.
But there is something admirable about such sheer bloody mindedness.
Seriously, walking out naked into a Scottish winter? To prove a point?
Yes, as above, I\’m well aware that the law is the law but my personal opinion would be that he\’s fought the law and he\’s won. The stress and strain on society of jailing a man for life because he insists on walking around in the nuddy is, to my mind, greater than the stress and strain on society of a man walking around in the nuddy.
Just accept that we\’ve a nutter among us and let him out.
After all, there aren\’t that many maiden aunts left who would be shocked now, are there?