I read with despair the report yesterday of the Naked Rambler's minute of freedom before being locked up for another 657 days.
Is keeping this guy locked up in jail for longer than most people would get for much more serious crimes really the right way to handle him? He's been kept in prison for most of the last 5 years. To me, that's disproportionate.
There is no evidence that he's ever caused anyone any harm. Locking him up in solitary confinement really is not the answer to this. Rather than jail him, then have the police waiting outside to re-arrest him as soon as he's free, why can't he just be left to get on with it?
A disproportionate amount of public money is being spent on this man and, frankly, it's not working. I'm not convinced that someone should be in prison for something that's relatively innocuous.
It's time to stop locking him up and just let him get on his way. Public nudity isn't my bag, which is something I'm sure you'll all be very relieved to hear, but in the end of the day it's not going to harm me or anyone else to see a naked man walking up the street minding his own business. If he was harassing people, well, that's clearly a different matter, but I think we'd still have to ask if prison was the right place for him.
I feel saddened that we are behaving in such an uptight way. It just doesn't seem necessary. Are we actually going to keep him in prison for the rest of his life? Simply because he doesn't want to wear clothes? Really?
And if he's kept in solitary because of other prisoners' sensibilities, or for his own protection, I really can't see how that's doing him any good - and there's a fairly major chance it's harming him.
Can somebody please just make this stop?