After what was a short holiday from the front pages where their place was taken by the story of Shannon Matthews, the story of Madeleine McCann – or should I say the story of Kate and Gerry McCann (left, looking like politicians) and their ongoing mission of brazen self-publicity and political hob-nobbing – flew back to the top of the headlines with something of a vengeance this week.
First we had the couple make a trip to Brussels in an attempt to pull more strings with politicians and lay claim to the introduction of a single child alert telephone number – 116 000 – which had been reserved by the European Commission for the purpose long before Kate and Gerry McCann or their team of highly-paid professional advisors even thought of the idea. One can only balk at the audacity of these people; it just beggars belief.
It is quite clear that Kate and Gerry McCann are enjoying the media attention they are getting – so long as it is on their terms and with everything dictated by them or their team of professional advisors led by the former BBC journalist and government spin-doctor Clarence Mitchell.
Of course, if things don’t go their way… It is somehow a “smear”.
I have said it before and I will say it again – I am not going to rule out the suggestion – however outlandish it may sound – that Madeleine McCann died in the apartment that night and her parents, not wanting to be charged for neglect and risk their other children being removed, decided to cover it all up with this crazy “abduction” story – which has been packed with contradiction, confusion and anomaly right from the beginning.
The story has been backed by their friends – the “tapas seven” – or at least those members of the group who are in on the whole thing, complete with bizarre, bigfootesque sightings of shifty individuals carrying children wrapped up in blankets. After all, these people had also left their children unattended while they and the McCanns went off gallivanting to gorge on tapas and vino – and as such were equally as guilty of neglect.
In yet another twist to this bizarre story, the McCanns are also threatening “revenge” against the Portuguese police – painted as the master “smear-mongers” – by refusing to take part in a reconstruction of the events that took place on and around May 3rd 2007. Now, maybe this just me being obtuse, but if one was offered the chance of taking part in such a reconstruction, would one not jump at the opportunity in doing something that might help jog peoples’ memories, and put aside whatever petty gripes they have with the authorities in Portugal?
To suggest that not attending would constitute “revenge” is also a rather odd way of putting things. Rather than being a “dish best served cold”, it is more like a case of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face.
The constant evasion, side-stepping and refusal by the McCanns and their publicity team to see even the slightest criticism of their behavior as “smears” simply adds fuel to the flames. In short, the couple doth protest too much, methinks.
This couple have presented themselves as social activists, public speakers and martyrs – while at the same time making a complete and utter hash of any attempt to show themselves as good parents. For all their cries about “smear campaigns” and deluded feelings of victimhood, they themselves have forgotten that there is and only has been one victim in all of this – their poor little daughter.