UPDATE 13.03.17 - PIERS MORGAN ON GMB
I see the odious Piers Morgan has leapt into the latest McCann fray, coming down firmly on the side of the parents and admonishing all those thousands of ordinary people out there who have the affront to question them. He [Piers] interviewed Gerry and Kate and was completely suckered in. If fingers start pointing in their direction, he will look even more of a buffoon than he did when he published those pictures of faked war crimes that led to the Mirror sacking him.
With his multiple roles these days I wondered if he had been elevated to McCanns spokesman? His guest Graham Hill, formerly of CEOP and associate of Jim Gamble, was naturally still flogging the 'botched investigation' and abduction line - let there be no doubt whatsoever, these two were telling us, the Portuguese were to blame.
I actually find it hilarious that former Editor of the Mirror is quoting the nonsense of Tracey Kandhola word for word, 'one line of enquiry' etc, as if these headlines were coming straight from the horse's mouth. If anyone should know about misleading headlines and misleading front pages, then Piers is your man!
He treats former Metropolitan Police officer Sue Hills, as if she were a hater of the McCanns and an abandoner of lost children. Had he let her get a word in, he would have seen that she was trying to introduce some sanity by getting the case of Madeleine back into perspective. Piers did his utmost to silence her as a voice for all the other missing children and all the other victims of crime, who have not received a fraction of the assistance given to the McCanns. He really is the slimiest of creatures.
However, on the plus side, as one of the most contemptible men in UK, Piers Morgan can only further damage the McCanns' credibility.
I've decided to add a new feature to my blog, pretty much continuing in the same vein as this one. That is, I am going to challenge these fake news stories head on and name the purveyors of them.
I seem to have missed the fake news story of Tracey Kandhola and Matthew Young in the Mirror yesterday. These two have more detail than the rest, not least direct access into the minds of the officers working on Operation Grange. The police are convinced, Tracey and Matthew tell us, that a former worker at the Ocean Club 'knows a lot more than he told them'. Wow, stop the press. Had it been a Tapas group member knows a lot more etc, they would have had a story.
But I digress. Not only are Tracey and Matthew in the loop with Scotland Yard, but a Portuguese police source confirms the story. Another source (don't know if it is British or Portuguese here) reportedly said 'there is just one person the detectives want to speak to'. Really? Just the ONE person? This particular source sounds like a half wit.
Did the British police source call Tracey up to let her in on Scotland Yard's thinking? Did the Portuguese police source add, 'can you please try to make us look like a shower of corrupt imbeciles eager to get back to swigging wine and munching sardines. Thanks Trace, your a pal'.
So far THREE anonymous sources for those trying to keep up. 'Senior Officers are said to have admitted 'this is the last throw of the dice'. So senior officers too are confiding in Tracey and Matthew, despite the fact that only days earlier Scotland Yard stated they would not be releasing any details of the investigation. The extra funding came after the new lead emerged T&M would have us believe. So after 6 years and the full time engagement of 30+ homicide detectives, everything now rests on some fella who might be hiding a secret and hasn't had a mention in a decade. Righto. Perhaps Scotland Yard too, want Tracey to make them look like incompetent fools.
BBC - Madeleine McCann police funding extended for 6 months.
Detectives have been given another £85,000 to follow up just one more lead.
Gives a bit more detail. Apparently there is an international search underway to find one person. Hmm. In any event, Policing Minister Brandon Lewis is very keen to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann (as long as it is an abduction) and has happily signed off another £85,000 to the £11.1million already spent on Operation Grange, to give some kind of closure and justice to her family.
Mirror - 11.03.17
Madeleine McCanns parents are ploughing £500k into investments (they won't name) in a desperate bid to keep the search for Madeleine going. Reporter Patrick Hill helpfully tells us that the Madeleine Fund raised more than £3.7million, but most of it has gone on investigators and campaigns. Ie. Not on people who criticise them. He then tells us the Fund could be wiped out by a £400k legal bill or Goncalo Amaral might sue them.
I don't know where he is getting his figures from, but the bill for their legal shenanigans in Portugal will come to a lot more than £400k! The costs for the 9 month legal action of Katie Hopkins came to over £300k. The McCanns have been fighting two sets of Defendants for almost 9 years - Patrick would have been more accurate if he added another couple of 00s onto that.
Fair dues, the McCanns are doing a terrific job at pretending all is well, still aided and abetted it would seen by the Minister for Policing and the UK tabloids. A source for the McCanns said they have lodged papers with the appeal court so the prospect of paying anything out to Amaral is a long way off. Ah, so they are not trying to hide their remaining money so the Portuguese Courts can't touch it then. But they have confirmed they've pretty much got no intention of paying their debt to GA - ever.
As for this one person? My money is on Spider-Man or the Invisible Man, but in any event someone with the super powers to have gone undetected for 10 years, that is quite some feat. Someone who can take the glare of Gerry and Kate during this difficult time.
The REAL news is of course, Gerry and Kate have lost everything and no matter how sympathetically the tabloids paint them, the public will not be donating to their high price lawyers. And there is no longer any pretence that the Fund is being used to search for Madeleine, in their recent threats to the non believers, they have made it quite clear that they will use the Fund to sue them. In other news, their highly priced accountants Hays MacIntyre have resigned as auditors for the Madeleine Fund. I guess if anyone would know how dire their situation is, it would be the accountants.
So why another 6 months? My 'assisting their overseas colleague' theory is right out of the window unless they are giving Gerry and Kate time in which to pay their debt to him, he has his victory, but not the cash. I'm guessing however that the detectives of OG know G and K better than I, the money they owe to Goncalo will never be paid, willingly. He would be wise to take out a legal Charge or he could end up at the bottom of any list of debtors.
So what can £85,000 and a further 6 months achieve that £11.1million and 30 homicide detectives couldn't? Methinks they are simply buying more time, but for what?