For anyone wondering why I am not commenting on the horror of the Manchester bombing, I'm honestly to afraid of what I might say right now. Meanwhile, my kindest thoughts and prayers to all those affected and huge praise to the emergency services and the medics.
Apologies for my lack of participation lately, but I am afraid right now I feel all 'McCanned' or maybe even, all 'Ziggied' out. I am not sure he has convinced anyone, but he has certainly worn me down. I suspect he spent a former life marching around the walls of Jericho.
I don't believe Gerry, Kate or any of their helpers. And neither I, nor indeed anyone, should be afraid to say that. It certainly shouldn't be a criminal offence, despite all the lobbying by the former head of CEOP and the McCann Campaign. Make no mistake, among the many branches that have sprung from the name of the missing child, has been the Movement to curtail freedom of speech on social media. Not only were the McCanns victims of a heinous crime, they were victims of the savage media and the lunatic trolls online.
Then we have the dreaded 'P' word - even typing the word draws us to the attention of those dedicated police agencies and vigilantes who's job it is to spy us on 24/7. The Government and the Establishment have managed to convince us that our kids are in constant danger online and there are Paedophiles all around us. How many lives are wrecked by nonsensical accusations, and does anybody care? It is impossible to have a reasoned discussion about paedophilia, because, in the 21st Century, the subject is so taboo, no-one knows anything about it! The real experts, the psychologists, the academics, dare not contradict the accepted, and dominant ideology. It would be career suicide.
The public wants, neh demands, an evil villain to despise and the easiest way to rally an angry mob, is to scream 'think of the children'. Our need to protect our young is primal, it brings out our savage instincts, but not always in a good way. The old fella who smiles at a child, or God forbid, gives them a sweet, is not out to brutalise them or murder them ffs, he probably just likes kids! Single people, men especially, daren't go sit in the park! Had Wordsworth stood and admired the daffodils these days, he would been frogmarched into a police car and had his mugshot taken.
But it is not a joking matter. While we are all focussed on a suspected paedophile gang in an internet café in Bagdad, our kids are in real physical danger from 1) their own parents 2) a new partner/friend 3) a professional 4) any number of creeps who go into childcare so they can have access to kids. And the primary reason 'creeps' want access to children is because they are sadists. Why sexual abuse is so highly prioritised over physical abuse astounds me! Beat a child on a daily basis and that's life. Ask an abused child which they prefer?
That we are all looking the wrong way is quite an achievement. From an economic perspective, it is far easier, and vote winning, to go after the public's choice of enemy. The loner, the misfit, the socially inept, the idiots who will say yes to every expert's theory because they have found someone gullible enough to listen to them. Those willing to appear on TV (albeit in a shadow) fitting the exact profile of the expert with a book to sell or a cause he needs funding for.
The subject of child abuse is much the same as the subject of marijuana. That is, the public are being sold a big fat lie. Tony Blair commissioned a report on the effects of marijuana from Professor David Nutt, then sacked him when he didn't supply the report he wanted. He also commissioned Operation Ore, a police operation based on a report from the USA that revealed thousands of alleged paedophiles accessing online child pornography with their credit cards. That thousands of these credit card details were stolen, made no difference to all those who's lives were wrecked and who's kids were seized and taken into care. Or those 39 men who committed suicide. This little atrocity, Tony Blair heartily approved of.
If 'they' truly wanted to tackle child abuse, they would be confronting child poverty and the cuts to the frontline child services. Where are the crocodile tears for those kids returning from school to empty homes, empty fridges and no electric? It is easy to see why the Bogeyman is just as big in the 21st century, as it was in the 19th.
But I should at least mention the McCanns. I think they are enduring their own kind of hell, and always will. They have built their own prison - they must always live up to the phoney characters they created, never daring to allow their masks to slip. Maybe as a writer, I understand their prison more than most. It is the reason I created my 'unbound' blog. As a former Catholic, I remember the agonies of 'my sins finding me out', tossing and turning through the night, torturing myself over which one of my 'so called' mates would spill the beans. I can't go so far as to say I feel sympathy for Gerry and Kate, they have been too vindictive towards myself and others for that, but I do pity them. The greatest freedom we have is to just be ourselves, complete with foibles and flaws.
Unfortunately, the kind of obsessive creeps they attract online are but a small sample of humanity in any situation or environment. That is, Gerry and Kate can never get away from it. There will always be people out there who cannot and will not believe their account of what happened to their daughter. There will always be armchair detectives, and there will always be those who are just as tenacious as themselves. Those who have made it a personal vendetta, and who will never give up. For them, it is personal.
For myself, I am still trying to accept the fact that the good guy doesn't always win. I don't know if our society is more blatantly corrupt than it ever was before, or if I am just able to see things more clearly now. At least this darn case has taught me something!
At the moment, there is way too much going on the world to be discussing the Gerry lookalike carrying the Madeleine lookalike through the streets of PDL just as she went missing. What happened on 3rd May 2007 was probably an unforeseen tragedy (though all the signs were there), but the unseemly haste of government officials and British police agencies to turn this particular tragedy into major marketing tool (like her dad and her family) has shamed this Country.
The name of Madeleine has been exploited in so many ways, by so many, the list of defendants would be incalculable. And it was probably this calculation that changed, or established, the whole course of Operation Grange. I hope that I am wrong, but common sense may well be kicking in. A police operation that is leading up to arrests and prosecution, logically thinking, would get bigger not smaller. Operation Grange has dwindled down to just one office by the sounds of it.
For the moment at least, those who would bring in new Laws to spy on us and curb our Freedom of Speech screaming 'think of the children' don't have the powers they yearn for. Sadly, that situation is precarious. There are still Labour MPs jumping onto the CSA 'let's root out aged celebrities' bandwagon with a vigour rarely seen when dealing with real issues. Not to mention all those MPs who want their critics removed from twitter.
I am beginning to see now that this case won't finish with a truthful ending. I guess there are just way too many people involved, people who, at the very least, obstructed the Law. I doubt very much Operation Grange are going to tear down any institutions, their task force has shrunk, it hasn't grown bigger, and it hasn't opened any new investigations. The Madeleine Fund, for example, continues as it ever did, and the police continue to work on behalf of the family. The major news networks still portray and sympathise with the parents as victims and politicians, especially by the look of that letter from Richard Benyon MP to the cesspit! I had to take a peek, could anyone blame him for not reading that tedious shite? - written by Bennett pretending to be an anonymous member, lol. Mr. Benyon was spot on with his response!
I have no personal interest in making the lives of the family hell, as I mentioned above, they have done that to themselves. My sympathy lies with those who have been the target of the McCanns aggressive campaign, Goncalo Amaral especially. I feel morally obliged to comment on their vindictiveness towards this honourable man and the madness of their vendetta, heaven knows someone's got to. A long running legal case doesn't just affect the disputing parties, it affects their families and all around them. A case based on spite will never end well.
In the hours that followed the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, this case became so much more than a simple missing child case. It opened up a cause celebre, Madeleine was every child (our own beloved cherubs), the parents are nice (just like us), they are responsible (they're not), we are all at risk (we aren't). And thus begins the false narrative. At this late stage it is literally impossible for anyone to say the parents were involved. It would be like saying Santa's a paedo, who climbs down chimneys to steal kids. No-one wants to hear that.
We have all been witness to one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in this country's history. But I suppose the truth is, like generations who have gone before, we will have to accept that power and money tops truth and justice. The disappearance of one small child pales to insignificance when contrasted to the sea of corruption that surrounds it. For me it is not just that those responsible for that poor child's disappearance have got away with it, so too have all those who perpetuated the lie for their own ends. Especially those who made this case 'Britain versus Portugal' who would prefer to waste £12million of taxpayers money rather than admit they were wrong and the Portuguese cop was right.