|It's about this child|
Unfortunately for these eternal litigants, they have been seething for several weeks now. First they had the horror of their case going before a Judge who was already familiar with them. Well, that's what happens when you spend 8 years in Court rooms, you eventually go full circle.
For all their bravado following the Appeal Court ruling, they haven't a hope in hell of winning in a higher Court, there is nothing to appeal against. The three High Court Judges were unanimous in their decision to uphold Goncalo Amaral's right to Freedom of Speech. They have never had a strong case, even before the last trial began, they were trying to wriggle out of it, and after they produced their 'best' witnesses, we could see why. What new affront can they produce that will supersede all the trials that have gone before and ensure them a large payout? Pretty much the whole world thinks they were involved in the disappearance of Madeleine, Goncalo's book is but a drop in the ocean?
In the years gone by, bad news for the McCanns, was usually swiftly followed up with a new sighting, but the sightings stopped when Operation Grange began. Since then all the headlines have involved a selection of odd bods, loners and misfits, who have been scrutinized and even named, on a regular basis. The burglar story has gone round the block several times, dismissed as nonsense by the Portuguese, it has been picked up again this week by the UK MSM and sold as factual to the British public.
It could be that the burglar stories are a last ditch attempt to get the word 'abduction' back into the public's mind, but it scuppers the 'live and findable child' mantra, because it acknowledges that Madeleine is dead.
In addition, Operation Grange is coming to an end. Even the sycophantic Lorraine Kelly cannot avoid the obvious questions, her audience will want to know how the parents feel about that. Can they really tell the world they are encouraged by the investigation? That they are going to continue their 'search'?
It is perfectly understandable that Gerry and Kate are not as buoyed as they once were, but turning down the opportunity to appear on National TV has to be a first. Where are the invigorated, fighting McCanns, who, after 48 hours of losing their daughter, somehow found the strength to launch an international campaign and an online shop?
Their daughter Madeleine is still missing. Goncalo Amaral is still telling 'lies', why have they not turned this negative into a positive? Very few people involved in libel actions have the opportunity to give their side to the press, yet Gerry and Kate it appears, have rejected hundreds of offers this week. In my experience, you can't shut seething people up, eg. Tony Bennett. Seething people have plenty to say, especially if they feel they have been treated unjustly.
They have reserved £750k to search for Madeleine. Going by their past expenditure, that won't last 5 minutes, and is it 'safe' from the Portuguese Courts? Their PR people have let them down badly, if they have advised them not to fight their corner. Interviews with the national and international media are priceless in publicity terms, and would at least have given them a platform to state their case sympathetically. Not forgetting of course, that they have only ever sought media attention to find Maddie.