LATEST NEWS UPDATE MONDAY 27.03.17
Today's 'The McCanns are Innocent' story, comes via The Mirror (Paul Byrne and Martin Fricker) - as the former RUC Detective and employee of Gerry and Kate gives his first (weirdest) statement on the fate of Madeleine McCann.
I'm not sure it's his first statement, he has in the past said she was being held captive within 10 miles of PDL and introduced a Victoria Beckham lookalike, prompting him to say Jane Tanner's 'abductor' may have been a woman.
He now believes Madeleine was stolen to order by a child sex gang, but there is hope she is still alive. As a detective, I'd be amazed if Dave Edgar could find the way to the end of his road. The idea that the most famous missing child in the world has been a sex slave for the past 10 years is astonishing. Does he honestly believe a little girl, not quite 4, could have survived assaults of that nature? Does he believe she is surviving them still?
Naturally, he confirms Gerry and Kate played no part in Madeleine's disappearance as he rehashes the 'someone is protecting the abductor' old chestnut. What this case needs he tells us, is a new police backed European appeal, tv, posters, letters, texts, use of new technology etc, perhaps in time for the 10th anniversary eh?
Young Madeleine who was not quite 4, when she was 'taken'
LATEST NEWS UPDATE SUNDAY 26.03.17
I wasn't going to comment on the 'women support other women unless they're rich and pretty' article by Kerry Parnell, because, well frankly, it is too stupid and banal for words. But what the hell, it's a slow news week.
'Mum judging should be a crime, it remains one of the worst characteristics of women'. That offends me on every level, not least that she is another woman, but that she is even part of the same species. You are projecting Kerry, tut, tut, back to journalism school. You don't happen to be successful, rich and pretty do you? Because you're not really defending Kate McCann, so much as saying why don't other women like ME.
But let's take a look at your 1950's subjugated woman stance. All women have brains that work just efficiently as mens. You are not special. Women do not dislike Kate McCann because they are jealous of the dress she is wearing, or her blonde hair, some of us have evolved a little bit beyond that. They dislike her because she put her babies at risk and even now will not accept that she did anything wrong. They dislike that she and her husband have profited from their daughter's tragedy, and have persecuted the former detective who searched for their daughter ever since. And just to catch you up on that one Kerry. Gerry and Kate demanded Goncalo Amaral give them all his money and family home, and he said no.
Kerry is a lazy journalist, a headline skimmer. She bought (hook, line and sinker) the victim status of the fragrant Kate (a woman just like her) and she is outraged. Women, especially, old, fat, ugly, poor, ones, hate Kate because what she took from the Madeleine story, was the persecuted middle classes and there it stopped. Had she thought about the content before writing the end, she might have considered how much 'hate mail' Karen Matthews would be receiving daily, if her abduction debacle had continued for 10 years?
Trying to make the dislike of Kate McCann a feminist issue is a new low, but the views expressed in that article, are pretty much the same views put forward by Kate's mother 9 years ago. Ie. Women don't like Kate because she is slim, pretty, etc. That is, the sort of thing Mums always say to weeping daughters.
But to be fair, and you brought it up. As an old 'feminist', I'm not a big fan of women who can't operate without a man holding their hand. It irks me. I admire the kind of 'gals' that walk tall and straight and look the world right in the eye, as equals on every level. I have little patience these days for women who open with 'my husband and I'.
But, the sun is shining and I have much to do. Meanwhile I suggest Kerry Parnell does a little research before writing her better informed sisters off as bitches.
Some may have noticed, I am struggling to keep up with volume of comments that I am receiving. And sadly, some are slipping through and taking on lives of their own before I get around to responding or squishing them, lol. Those without a SOH, please leave now.
Tis my own fault I have to confess. I have a new obsession, the strange orange one in the Whitehouse. I am constantly having to pinch myself (figuratively speaking of course, I am a wuss) for reassurance that I am not in a particularly frightening, comedic/apocalyptic episode of Black Mirror. I imagine explaining the new leader of the free world to my patriotic and US loving old Dad, 'yeh dad, you would not believe it - almost exactly like Hitler, but even madder and more weird looking. And there's a whole family of them and they dress like the cast of Dallas, the US has become part of Trump/Putin Inc'. And more, 'plans for internment camps are underway, though happily for the dissidents, they are all 5* hotels built in areas unpopular with Russian Oligarchs'. I can, even in my head, hear my dad's reply in his thick Dundonian accent, 'awww jeeez, awww jeez'.
He was 10 when WWII broke out, and his dad was the only one of six, who returned from WWI. 'This must never happen again' was his mantra, especially when having a wee dram. I think he would actually weep at the picture of Theresa May and Donald Trump. Neville Chamberlain may have appeased Hitler when he waved 'Peace in our time', but at least he wasn't led by the hand, and I doubt there was any playful flirting. My dad, heck, even I, have to wonder how Churchill would have dealt with Trump. I'm not even a conservative but I am guessing he would have put his country above personal business deals.
To top it off, I could at least reassure my old dad, though he might be surprised, that the REAL leader of the free world now is the German Chancellor. She even knocked Jennifer Lawrence off the top of list of Formidable Women (my highest compliment). And for those female Labour MPs hiding in panic rooms and crying over offensive words on the internet, Angela Merkel has given them an example of how a strong, determined, woman behaves. Her fabulous facial expressions were those of a nana bemused by what toddlers are allowed to get away with these days.
But I am being disingenuous to those who have come here for the McCann news. Most of the tabloids this week went with Gerry and Kate's third time loss in the Lisbon Courts. Ouch, rub it in why don't you! Their complaint against the Supreme Court ruling was thrown out. Their only recourse now is the European Court of Human Rights - in depth discussion on previous blog.
There was a blip in the Official Find Madeleine Facebook page. The webmaster, still anonymous, shut it down for her own mental health. The glut of tabloid stories, especially from experts claiming Madeleine is dead has sent troll activity into overdrive. Once again they, including the unknown hostess, are victims of an unfair press and the blame will probably lie with Goncalo Amaral. Should they be cleared on September 1st, they will have a lot of suing to do.
To finish I want to make it clear, I honestly don't have the time or patience anymore for the ridiculous theories of CMoMM and Richard Hall. Everything they do, and everything they have done is with malicious intent. They are vigilantes, a more accurate description than hater I think. But worse than that. They are stealers of time. Something for which I have zero tolerance. I went right off Mark Wahlberg* for The Happening, in which nothing happened and 2 hours I will never get back. For me forums such as CMoMM are trapped in a cycle of regurgitated nonsense, they haven't had a new idea or a new thought in 7 years!.
And seriously Bennett, my blog may be exceptionally busy, but I am not letting posts from yourself or links to your vile cesspit slip through. You are a preacher of hate. You prey on people's misery and if there isn't enough there, you create it. This is the last bit of oxygen you will get from me.
*Mark Wahlberg has since been forgiven with Ted.