As the dust settles after these major developments, are we any wiser as to whether or not Madeleine McCann will ever get the justice she deserves?
I'm torn. DCI Redwood is a canny fella. He could outfox Cool Hand Luke if they went head to head in a game of poker. Only a few months ago, he told us most sincerely, that they were looking for a 'live' Madeleine, but this much heralded latest Crimewatch had no age progression photographs and there were no appeals for Madeleine sightings. No appeals from the parents to Madeleine or her kidnappers either. The World's Most Wanted is a Magic Eye picture of a man who looks suspiciously like you know who, seen carrying a child by the Smith family.
Those of us familiar with this case, know the Smith sighting is not new. We also know, for whatever reason, the McCanns have never featured these photofits in any of their campaigns. Scotland Yard seem to be going along the same lines as Goncalo Amaral, but presumably they will be permitted to follow these lines through to conclusion. If this were a whitewash, they are following the right path to get the wrong answer. Of course they could be like a group of scientists trying to repair a rocket in space, they must find a solution using only the parts that are available to them. The PJ files will always be available for comparison with their own.
Taking Tannerman out of the equation was a stroke of genius, and it was done in such a way that it absolved Jane of any fault, should questions be asked as to why the world's press has been saturated with disinformation for the past 6 years. It also supports the prejudiced views of those who have bought into the myth that the PJ made a shambles of the investigation on the grounds that they are not British. Where are we now? Who knows, we will have to wait for old Cool Hand to make his next move.