Nobody can deny the genius behind the McCanns propaganda campaign and the speed with which it kicked in. First of all an 'abduction' was established with a tale of an empty bed, an open window, curtains whooshing. That was the breaking news story that we all woke up on to the 4th May 2007. The fact that the apartment hadn't been broken into was pipped to the post, the first story is the one that everyone remembers. And this was swiftly followed by the claimed sighting of a sinister man carrying the inert body of a child off into the night.
Any other suggestion was immediately dismissed as ludicrous, Madeleine was 'taken', she was too small to have opened the window, the safety gates or the patio doors that had conveniently been left unlocked. The suggestion that her disappearance could have been anything other than abduction angered the parents to such an extent that they established a team of attack dogs made up of lawyers, politicians, spinmeisters and lonely embittered fruitloops to seek out and destroy, using the funds kindly donated to them by sympathetic public.
Create 'helpless' God fearing victims who will tug on the heart and purse strings of good people around the globe, with particular emphasis on catholics and the especially generous Celts. Thus Kate and Gerry were presented to the world as PLU (People Like Us) clean living, upstanding, morally unquestionable, church going innocents, robbed of their precious child by a faceless monster. And that was where they struck gold, quite literally, the powers that be always need a 'faceless monster' to strike terror into the hearts of its populace - an enemy of the State.
|Frankenstein's creature steals |
When the news of Madeleine's disappearance broke we all grieved with Kate and Gerry. But grief is a useless emotion, it achieves nothing, we cannot accept that it just 'is', we feel we have to do something about it. Most people are poleaxed by grief, but some seek vengeance and retribution, and the answer to their grief is 'someone must pay'.
Thus it becomes easy for those with an agenda to lead an angry mob, they plug into people's emotions and people become very emotive when an innocent child is missing. Logic and reason fly out the window, vengeance belongs to those with the loudest voices - which is why the McCanns needed to be protected and they still do. Nobody, I hope, wants to see the savagery of mob justice. It is how the far the protection goes that is the issue.
The case of Missing Madeleine McCann may appear to be unique, but it is far from it. Whenever police arrive at a crime scene they must be prepared to question everything, especially when the crime committed has already been established by the main players before they arrive. Jeremy Bamber was in no doubt his sister did it, the Philpotts blamed the ex wife.
|Susan Smith appeals for help|
to find her 'missing' toddlers
However, no matter how slick and professional the McCanns' campaign was, many were startled at the speed with which they launched a Fund and set up an online shop. The thing about missing children, is you never know when they might re-appear, yet not one person questioned the long term plans, the wider agenda, the annual 'Madeleine Day', the 'good jobs' abandoned or indeed the need of the parents for millions of pounds of public donations. Why did the McCanns need childrens' pocket money and pensioners' savings, more than they did? Why did they need a 'Fighting Fund' - who were they fighting? Ok, they changed it to a 'Search Fund', but why did they need a Search Fund when every police force and psyched up Maddie hunter on the globe were on the lookout for her?
Gerry and Kate McCann went from not knowing they needed a Fund, to needing one very badly indeed. Legal fees said Uncle Brian as people pushed cash into his hand. Send money in an envelope to Kate and Gerry, Rothley said Clarence, it will get there. Who knows how much the McCanns received, they swiftly removed the cashometer from their website and the Fund is the opposite of the promised transparent. They received millions and they spent millions (on what?), how much was ever going to be enough? Who profited from the money that poured in, are they profiting still? The Fund is an integral part of this case, yet it continues unchallenged as if it is the most normal thing in the world for the parents of a missing child to need mountains of cash to carry out their own investigation whilst disregarding all the findings of the police.
|I'm ready for my close up|
It should be remembered however that the McCanns have always had the option of withdrawing from public life, anyone can if they really want to. All they have to do is sack their publicist and concentrate on their non public careers and families. Obscurity is freely and widely available, as any Norma Desmond, X-factor contestant or Andrew Ridgely could confirm. Publicity is something you work for and pay for, then when you get it you pretend you don't want it. Gerry and Kate McCann want to be in the public eye but they don't want the criticism that comes with it. Ergo they want something that isn't even available to the Queen or a deranged Ayatolla leading millions, they want it written into the statues. Thou shalt not take the name of Gerry and Kate McCann in vain. Whilst it is good to aim for everything your heart desires, you should occasionally have a reality check, because those working for you on a retainer almost definitely, won't.
|Be careful what you wish for|
How will it all end? That remains to be seen, I'll leave the last word with Mr Orwell. Meanwhile we can only watch in amazement and awe as formerly respected journalists, criminologists, sofa queens and ex police chiefs report 'the truth' and scold those who have the audacity to believe the original Portuguese investigation over the parents and all the nonsense that has been printed since. Lets just hope it doesn't become a criminal offence.