Confused priorities

The BBC website reports a story today in which a 55 year-old woman in west Wales was cleared of indecent exposure. She had been sunbathing naked in her back garden when her neighbour spotted her, became irate, filmed her with a video camera and reported her to the police. The police then charged her with indecent exposure.

I can't say the prospect of seeing a 55 year-old lady in the nude fills me with delight, but how insanely messed up must her neighbour be to feel the need to report her to the police? He is quoted as saying, "I have been extremely shaken by this. It has been very upsetting and worrying. I don't want to bring up my children in such an environment." Now if he was talking about the prospect of a nuclear power station being built on his doorstep, or the fact that fascists had won local council elections, or if his neighbour had been committing acts of wanton violence, his words would seem appropriate. Instead, he has taken it upon himself to proclaim that he is sickened by the sight of an unclothed human body. This man needs to examine his priorities. He needs to spend a little more time assessing what really is disgusting and offensive, such as idiots like George Bush wielding immense power despite barely owning a coherent thought, instead of screaming and wailing about a non-existent crime.

Worryingly, the prosecutor in the case appears to be equally idiotic, declaring that "sunbathing nude could be grossly offensive to normal decent persons in society." Reading between the lines what she means is, "I am a narrow-minded bigot who cannot break free of ridiculous moral codes invented by Victorian religious prudes, and there are many others like me." Sadly, there are countless others like her, a large number of whom read the Daily Mail.