Among the many reasons I have been tied to this interminable case this past 10 years, is the issue of Freedom of Speech. For me it is a passion that would begin with banning the word 'ban'. I despise not only those who burn books, but those who are sucking the joy, beauty and passion out of language, those so easily offended by words, that they demand laws to criminalise them. Female labour MPs especially.
Goncalo Amaral's victory, is a victory for Freedom of Speech, and his victory will reverberate throughout the libel courts in Europe, including the 74 page verdict, and all the damning (for the parents) conclusions of the Supreme Court. It is wrong on every level that the parents, and former suspects, in this still unsolved crime, should profit financially from the former detective who investigated their daughter's disappearance! And make no mistake, it was all about the money. The grieving parents wanted GA's family home, all his assets, and all the profits from his book. And it should be noted, that his book was on sale and accumulating profits for a year, before they took legal action.
This is a ruling, not just for Goncalo Amaral, but for police and detectives worldwide. Had the Portuguese Supreme Court granted the McCanns the £1m+ they demanded, it would have opened floodgates for former suspects to take personal revenge on the police. I suspect the officers currently dealing with the Madeleine investigation have been watching the libel proceedings carefully. Any one of them could be selected as the parents' next scapegoat, that is, the media could turn on them, they could be 'papped' looking their worst or drinking a glass of wine. They could have their domestic problems splattered all over the front pages, have any future employers 'warned' about them. They could be a labelled a drunk, a wife beater, incompetent and personally responsible for the loss of the McCanns' child. As for explaining their side, forget it. The British courts are far more accommodating to the fragrant McCanns, best sign the family home over to the other half pronto. It is hardly surprising that Officers from the Met donated to Goncalo's fighting fund.
I didn't intend to rub the McCanns' nose in it, but once again they are trying to pull the wool over our eyes by pretending they were victors. It's like Donald Trump studied them! They have 'ruled' The Truth of the Lie cannot be sold in the UK. I'm with 90% of the comments, 'who the f*ck do they think they are'! Since when is it up to them what books can or can't be sold in the UK, using high price lawyers as a threat. From an economic perspective, why shouldn't an enterprising publisher go ahead and publish in the UK? The demand is already there, and this time round, the demand is for the truth.
The confrontational article comes across as someone having a Trump moment. That is, the opposite of how to win friends and people. Whichever friend of the family Tracey Kandohla spoke to was as mad as hell and sounding very like one of the posters on the dossier site Stop The Myths. Someone who likes to throw her/his weight around. Clarence as usual sounds like a headmaster demanding respect from the school assembly whilst his toupee is slipping off.
The article by Tracey Kandohla is bizarre on many levels. It doesn't do the McCanns any favours, the opposite in fact. Friend Tracey has revealed the parents use Madeleine's Fund to keep top lawyers Carter Ruck, constantly on watch. No wonder they have got through £4million+. Tracey even adds, the Fund is made up of donations, etc. Ouch! Does she not know the McCanns have gone out of their way to convince the public that their donations are not used for legal actions? If and when the McCanns launch another appeal for cash for their Madeleine Fund, with those few words, it has sunk before it's begun.
Hey McCanns you lost. Not only your 8 years of nonsense in Lisbon that was based on greed, but also in the Court of public opinion. Nobody wants your draconian libel laws and protection for the rich and famous. Not in Portugal, and not here. Nobody wants to see criminals protected because they have got enough money to silence anyone who criticises them. Citing your use of Carter Ruck will not win anyone over your cause. It demolishes your claim to be ordinary people victimised by the press. Most will be asking why you are using the Madeleine Fund to employ the UK's top libel lawyers. And, err, why aren't you using it to find the child you claim is still alive?
As for the bidding war. I would be very surprised if Clarence Mitchell has been inundated with bids for the 10 year 'exclusive'. At some point, the media moguls and newspaper editors must ask themselves 'why do we keep giving money to these people who use it to sue us again?'. Whilst it is true the Madeleine mystery is still 'news', it is old, and it is a human interest story, that is one of thousands with anniversaries, the world has moved on. And the truth is, they have nothing new to say. Yes we still miss her, no, we haven't given up, yes her bedroom's still the same, etc, etc'. And of course, with Clarence still on board, all the questions will have to be pre-approved. I can't see any queues forming for that.
What irked me most with the TK article was the sheer arrogance of Gerry, Kate and their hand puppet. Despite the fact that none of the 'gagging the press causes' they have taken up has been successful, they are still trying to exert the power they had over the media when the coffers were full, the public still liked them and they still shifted newspapers. If a week in politics is a long time, 10 years of social media is a complete shift in the paradigm. Anyone with access to the internet (almost the entire globe) only has to google Madeleine McCann, to see that the truth, has completely overtaken the fake news. I'm about number 4 down :)
Despite the truth being out there, Clarence is still talking with that authoritative tone that makes him sound like a pompous twat, and Gerry and Kate are continuing with Plan A on their whiteboard as if they proved their case in Lisbon, and the paps will be back with the champagne and offers of private jets. They truly believe that the secrets they hold will be safe if they destroy Goncalo Amaral. Those are not sane motives. And they are not motives the decent ones among their remaining sponsors (if they have any) should support.
At the moment Team McCann appear to have lost touch with reality. It is quite likely that some newspaper editors will read the verdict very carefully over the next few days. It could be that they have many stories they have been held back while awaiting the outcome. From a financial perspective, the publishing business is struggling, but Truth of the Lie has bestseller all over it. There are already thousands onine who have read the 'illegal' translation, but who can't wait to buy the hardback first edition! I would advise him to update it with 'his side of the trials' and the verdict, and start negotiating!
It is of course Goncalo Amaral who won that 8 year long bloody and destructive battle. And it cannot be stressed enough, he was the Defendant! He was not the instigator, all he did was write a book. Goncalo was fighting the McCanns not only for the right to tell his side of the story, but also for the right to hang onto his family home and the money he earned from his book. But principally, he was fighting for the little girl, the one he, as a detective, was assigned to find.
Despite all the efforts of Gerry, Kate, Clarence, and all their highly paid staff, the truth is now out there. And quite legally. The McCanns voluntarily gave away their rights to privacy, NO, they were not cleared, and so it goes it goes on. Not only did they lose, but it appears the Judges are highlighting every dastardly deed and suggesting the parents should be questioned further!
Their underplaying of this devastating result is understandable, and kudos to them, that mad EastEnders actress had to be carried out of the Court on a stretcher. They are no longer claiming to have billionaire financers, according to TK, they are quite openly dipping into Madeleine's Fund to sue anyone who criticizes them (who's side is she on?). Even, as a mere former legal secretary, I would estimate costs will run to millions. Top lawyers cost in excess of £500ph, even those watching social media on the McCanns' behalf, will be in the £200ph range. Now imagine 4 firms of lawyers for 8 years? It's a total wipeout. But it should be borne in mind, Gerry and Kate could have pulled out at any time. That is, they could have withdrawn their demands for all of Goncalo's worldly goods. Their claim was based on malice. They were demanding their reputations be protected, whilst destroying his.
Unfortunately, too many mainstream commentators like Tony Parsons and Carole Malone can't see beyond the trough their noses are stuck in. With this article, the ghastly Tracey, who normally resides within Gerry's rectum, appears to be having something of a 'see me momma, I'm King of the world' moment*, believing the more she stresses Gerry and Kate's seething, and Clarence's delusional authority, she can make all those nasty policemen with guns go away. The fake news and the false hate she has created, is coming right back at her. Turns out Goncalo Amaral wasn't the bad guy after all.