It seems that in this day and age, people are now less likely to join organised clubs, groups or even pledge allegiance, to one specific political party. Whether this has anything to do with disenchantment, laziness or lack of interest it’s not really clear, but memberships in most of the aforementioned seems to be disappearing year on year. Maybe it’s not all that it seems, when you see that people now, tend to switch votes at a general election, voting tactically to get shot of the incumbent government, rather than voting for the party that reflects their full on political views. Smaller parties such as the UKIP, the Green Party and even the much loathed BNP, get votes from some disenchanted voters and this tends to see the larger Labour and Tory majorities dissipate. When it comes to naturism the story is exactly the same. BN’s (British Naturism) membership has been in steady decline since the millennium and has almost halved from around 20,000, at a recent AGM the following was reported
“The membership numbers in 2011 declined by 4%. The total number of members at the end of the year was 10436. The decline, although continuing, is decreasing and it is hoped that the decline will halt in 2012 “
Various other information on naturism suggests, that even though there are a reported 4,000,000 naturists in the U.K. many are just beach & club goers who feel little need to join a national body. Included in this figure too, are the occasional beach naturists and also people who go nude at home, around the house and in the garden. When you look online and search naturism, naturist, nudist and the like, you come up with so many websites, communities and various organisations you tend to get lost in what these people are trying to tell you, after all how much do you need to know about the pastime which involves getting naked ?
I’ve looked at most of these sites and rather than pulling in different directions, most seem to give the same advice. It just seems that people involved, want their own voice and do things their own way, rather than just sit back and see it done for them. There are groups in the U.K. that are worth a mention BN, Naturist Action Group, Naturist Freedom UK and also the “Naturist Corner” and “Naturist Community” community websites and even the World Naked Bike ride.To me, it’s just a shame that all these groups can’t come together and state let’s say half a dozen (that’s 6 to the younger people reading this) common goals. Clearer laws regarding nudity, promoting a more relax public nudity stance and also maybe a national naturist beach drive here in the UK. Maybe if people knew that it was ok to strip on most beaches a more relaxed outlook on nudity would be developed by the public in general. Overall I’d like to see too how many of the members and organisers of these various bodies actually belong to BN (for example) so please all come together and promote a United Front of Naturism !