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Fear of Nakedness Could Cause UK Tax Payers Loss of 100 Million Pounds

December 18th, 2008

From the BBC Website:

A man known as the naked rambler has been jailed for 12 months after being convicted of a breach of the peace. Stephen Gough, 49, was brought into the dock at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Wednesday wearing no clothes or shoes. He was arrested at the same court last month after attempting to leave the building naked, following an acquittal for breach of the peace. The former marine, from Eastleigh in Hampshire, has twice walked naked from Land’s End to John O’Groats. During his appearance, Gough told the court that if members of the public were offended by his nakedness then the problem was with them and not with him.

He has spent most of the past two-and-a-half years in prison at an estimated cost to the taxpayer of more than £200,000.

Isn’t this just absurd? That in the 21st century the UK government would rather spend nearly a quarter of a million pounds than have us see a naked man?! I’d like to propose a new campaign to house the homeless. Let five homeless men (or indeed women) remove their clothes in public and as a result be given a warm bed and three meals a day at the cost to the taxpayer of a million pounds. But why not think bigger? If 500 people did this we’d have to spend 100 million pounds! I’ll start printing some leaflets now…