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The naked rambler


Graham*

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See BBC. What has he got in that large back-pack, I wonder? No clothes to bother with. Soap and towel? And is that a solar panel?

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Aitchbee

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Why can't the law authorities fit a customized 'modesty belt' to this obsessive attention seeker ... that might bring him to his senses.

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Forum Editor

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Aitchbee

because they - and we - live in the real world.

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rdave13

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I know it is a serious debate but come on! The man has problems and needs help. If his actions aren't deemed irrational then what is for heaven's sake.

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Aitchbee

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FE, electronic tagging would have been frowned upon not so long ago ...so my idea ... would be 'fit-for-purpose' for this individual.

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namtas

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You know what I don't think that our friend fourm member cares a jot what happens to this man, and despite what he implies I don't believe that he support his actions. I think that he is just playing a game to see how much heat can be created when the normal accepted rules of human behaviour are challenged.

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rdave13

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namtas, Devil's advocate you mean? Makes a good discussion if you have one in the fourm...err forum, don't you think?

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woodchip

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If they chop is bits off they would not bother about him

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Forum Editor

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That word 'conform', it inevitably crops up sooner or later whenever someone acts in a way that society generally finds odd, or unacceptable. It's a word that must be mentioned a million times a month in student bars up and down the country. Young people who are beginning to explore their freedom have a dread of conforming - they see it as tantamount to having one foot in the grave, and yet, there they are, years later, with kids of their own, desperately conforming right left and centre.

For any ordered society to survive it must have a basic set of rules to which everyone conforms. Some of the rules are irksome,and some members of society break them. Their transgressions might be minor, like parking on a meter without paying, but others are more serious, and when that happens the punishment s more severe. It's the rule of law, and we either abide by it or accept the consequences. Some people break with conventions and get away with it - people like Screaming Lord Sutch, for instance, bring a refreshing breath of air into what can be stuffy contexts, and we accept them, even love them for it. We smile and celebrate their eccentricities as something which marks us out as an interesting society.

Other people - like the individual we're discussing here- are nuisances, plain and simple,and to suggest that we're losing our sense of perspective because don't tolerate his non-conformity is patronising at best, and a plain insult to our collective intelligence at worst.

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Proclaimer

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If this man is so objectionable then why have so many others (male and female)been allowed naked on 'The Fourth Plinth' in Trafalgar Square without the same reaction from both authorities and public alike? Could it be because it was considered Art? Not that I think it was art myself...

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lotvic

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'The Fourth Plinth' - you have to purposely go and see that. A naked man roaming the country going past the unprepared public that includes children is not the same thing. Actually being naked is not the issue or what Gough has been charged with in the past.

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