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17 May 2007

Madeleine McCann

This Madeleine McCann find Maddie thing has caused a bit of a stir, hasn't it? Suspect Paki hits several nails squarely on the head, as does Portugal's Gazeta Digital.
Also, a Sky News special report about Madeleine’s case, broadcasted the same date [May 13, 08:00 pm], had a serious breach of basic ethical standards every journalist must respect. During that special report, Sky News gave a single example of a successful case where the British Police was able to find – alive – a child kidnapped. Immediately after that, it gave a single example of one case of a child missing in Portugal [Rui Pereira] that never was found.

Sky News journalist compared the two situations and the conclusion was that the track record of Portuguese Police was a bad one. This is sheer manipulation. Comparing two singles cases and taking conclusions like Sky News did, is going against basic principles from the Code of Practice enforced by the Press Complaints Office, like the obligation of the Press “not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures” and the need to correct it, with due prominence.

I’ll remind you that in UK, according to the UK National Police Missing Persons Bureau, there was an average of 124 unsolved cases of missing children under 14, on the last four years. In Portugal, from the 80 cases of missing persons still open, from a legal point of view [missing for more than one year] only nine are children and one of them is Madeleine.

In 2006, the Instituto de Apoio à Criança (IAC, a government department in charge of monitoring child abuse) registered 31 cases of missing underage (-18 years) persons. 24 of them were found by the police. This is a rate of 77, 43 % of success in finding missing children. Two of them were found to be dead. So let’s put these figures very clear: Portuguese Police has a track record of finding 77, 43 % of missing children, even if 6,45 % of those children were found dead, and 22,58 % are still missing [mainly adolescents running from home]. From those 31 missing children, only 5 [6.45] were between one and five years old.

One kid missing in Portugal, big news. 124 kids missing in the UK and who'd have known if it wasn't for Gazeta Digital?

There is something very wrong with this picture as the UK exports another of its Great British values. Yet who would dare mention the complete abandonment of the McCann's parental responsibilities and the crime of neglect -- leaving toddlers home alone while parents ponce-off for a quiet dinner somewhere -- the crime without which this story and the hysteria that surrounds it would not exist.

An example should be made of both mother and father for their idiotic actions. Both should be locked-up for abandoning their children and the key should be thrown away.

Update 9.7.7: In keeping with the latest developments that appear to place Kate McCann in the frame, here's a minor revision to the above graphic.


Rory Winter said...

The British media is fundamentally racist in that it values the life of a white to be infinitesimally greater than that of a non-white.

Throughout the media feeding-frenzy we have been subjected to in the last few weeks there has been the inference, sometimes hinted at, sometimes made in megaphone tones, that the Portuguese (after all a third world country in Europe) are inferior in matters such as policing (well, really everything).

If only Brits could see themselves the way the rest of the world does ... but then they wouldn't really want to, would they?

Chimes of Freedom, http://chimesofreedom.blogspot.com

Stef said...

It's just more of the usual OTT white noise designed to keep Joe and Joanna Public distracted with bullshit.

And if it helps to scare them into acquiescing to more surveillance and developing a taste for the occasional pogrom that's handy too

Shahid said...

Hear hear!

Wake up Britain! We don't have an empire!! And Portugal piss on us at football too! And beaches! And weather! And oh of course, policing...

Kier said...

Lock them up? Are you crazy - they were middle class! They weren't like those chavvy types who leave their kids in their council houses with a week's supply of microwave chips and Haribos while they bugger off to Malaga and all the decent folk in this country cry out in self-righteous horror. This was different. ;)

Unknown said...

It is good to see that there are people out there that are viewing this as what it is --child abuse/neglect.

These parents need to be punished for their crime.

I hope there daughter is found and placed in a safe home.

The Antagonist said...

Spot on, Cindy, my sentiments exactly.

I too hope that the poor child is found alive and well and placed in a safe home with people who recognise the basic tenets of parental duty and responsibility.

It beggars belief that Madeleine McCann was not the youngest child left alone by these negligent parents and that there was also a pair of much younger twins who were also abandoned by their criminally irresponsible parents.

Kier said...

I haven't been following this story particularly closely, so I don't know how accurate some of the information is, but I thought you might find this interesting.

Unknown said...

There is a new tragedy in Pennsylvania where the mother went to a bar for "30" minutes and the house burned down while she was gone and 5 children died. People here are pulling her mom license and want her in jail--rightly so.

The same was not felt/heard in the McCann case--is it because this mother is black?

The Antagonist said...

The same was not felt/heard in the McCann case--is it because this mother is black?

Quite possibly, Cindy. If you're white and middle-class you can get away with just about anything, especially if you've got a PR squad as good as the McCann team. If you're non-white and/or poor, you haven't got a hope in hell.

Then again, all this could be something to do with a predominantly white, predominantly middle-class media that thrives on demonising the poor, the working and the under-classes while simultaneously refusing to hold the world's biggest class of criminals to account for any of their actions.

Mary in Vancouver BC Canada said...

LogicMan (google LogicMan)
may have some insight into Madeleine McCann's disappearance.

Message to Critical Thinking:
When facts, evidence, dates and events are quantified over time, and are then sifted through the filter of introspection and extospection, meaning:
when we sift ,TRUTH: as seen in as many parts of the whole, it then reveals the greatest perspective through its'presentation.

I have followed this story since May 3rd, and felt the angst with the rest of the world family that expressed their support for the McCanns in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Today is July 3rd, 2007 and it is exactly two months since she was found to be missing.

If instincts where a barometer my intuition says she is alive. Yet at the same time that same instinct says things are not as the would be wished to be seen. Many holes and gaps between facts do not add up. Thread correlation seems entangled in missing links to logic and reason. When the direct inconsistantcies come from and close to source/base information (the McCanns, their actions and reactions of themselves and their friends, the Donation Fund, explained on LogicMan), then the foundation of their story folds in on itself.

Please refer Logicman on the web, there is a fine example of following the information to date and finding without agenda, an alternative reason in the disappearance of Maddie.

Child abduction is a crime against our culture's most innocent, but weighing all the evidence to date, there may be another crime in the works.

This email does not blame or cast doubt, it serves only to place the benefit of doubt on the scales of balance so the highest degree of Truth can be seen from an angular<>linear connection.

There is more to this story, and a hidden, ugly side of truth is buried through a possible betrayal even more strange than fiction.

When Madeleine resurfaces the players of this tragedy will be seen as slumbering villians in their own drama. The world has become their stage, we their audience, yet the hero(ine) in this twisted tale will be not only Madeleine, but children everywhere.

Madeleine we hold vigil for you to make it home safely, the whole world holds you in our hearts. God speed little one.

~ Mary in Vancouver BC
July 4th, 2007