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I have been undergoing a bit of a transition recently, as some may have noticed, but I have realised that I cannot let my 'Mcann' blog/commentary go. I think for many it has become a regular port of call, which I am immensely proud of. I am proud too, that I run a McCann blog, that calls for calm, compassion and consideration for the feelings of those involved. I'm proud too that people from all sides of the argument can come together here to exchange views civilly and with respect for each other. As popular as this blog is, it doesn't pay and I would never put up a paywall. I would write regardless, tis true, even if I had to go back to the old feather quill and the back of a discarded shoe, but the laptop is a whole lot easier, especially one not held together with a couple of hairclips and a bandaid.
Due to the huge volume of comments, I am starting a Part II on the McCann forum wars, beginning with a response to 'Ziggy' who is currently blaming the failure of the authorities to find Madeleine or his alleged abductors, on the onlookers.
'.....Spare me the 'poor show' on the part of the two tribes of sheep Ziggy, who are you? The grand overlord? You are in no position to be wielding the old 'told ya so' axe - those you support have won nothing, in fact, 10 years on, they are probably in the worst position they have ever been in. They have suffered what will probably be one of the biggest legal losses in history. The costs of at least 4 teams of lawyers, countless court hearings and appeals for 9+ years will be record breaking, which is probably why their millionaire donors backed out.
You attempt to shame all commentators Ziggy, by bringing the discussion back to Maddie, is a device used by all 'pro's' and those who shout 'think of the children' when they are looking for a cheer. Just how much is there to discuss about a 4 year old year child that none of us knew? The injustice of course lies in her disappearance and who was responsible for it, but that little nugget of truth lies buried in the avalanche of mud that swept over it.
No-one has forgotten Maddie, Ziggy, especially those so deeply touched by her tragic fate that they took to social media to protest in their thousands. The abduction story is simply not believable, and threatening people with civil actions and criminal prosecution will never change that. In fact it has had the opposite effect, all those, like myself who have been the targets of malicious McCann media campaigns, have had no option but to fight back.
No-one can doubt that the McCanns media campaign was phenomenal, it achieved the impossible, it somehow made child neglect perfectly acceptable and understand, and turned the parents into England's new heroes. No mean feat, in the spin industry, it was Oscar winning stuff.
The downside of course, was the McCanns and their minions, made a lot of enemies - some might say they got too greedy. Given the characters of Gerry, Kate and Clarence, one can imagine the way in which they treated all the journalists desperate for a scoop. Gerry was almost 'Trumpish' in the way he addressed the media and gave his 'I'm not going to comment on that' [and I know more than you do, tee hee] when asked about his connection to the first arguido. They cannot blame the fact they are not likeable on anyone Ziggy - it's all them.
You may think you are taking the higher ground by patronising those of us who discuss this case, but it's not your's to take. Not least because you comment more than anyone!
If I remember rightly, you end with a prophecy on social media being policed and/or shut down, and its all the fault of those who have not supported Kate and Gerry. You appear to be very confused on the whole issue of Freedom of Speech Ziggy. You are OK with opinion as long as agrees with your own. You are not Gerry are you?
You have to take the good with the bad, and if you are an observer of history, you will be aware that the 'bad' is usually short lived. Websites like the Cesspit, Myths, JATKY2 etc have had their day, their 15 minutes, they haven't been able to build or even sustain their audience, because they are based on negativity and hatred. Eventually they will sink beneath the mire, and become a distant (unpleasant) memory. Essentially Ziggy, they are not a threat to anyone, and if they were to be used as an argument to shut down discussion forums, the time has long since passed.
Times, they are a changing Ziggy. I expect the police already have ways in which to trace anonymous IP addresses and can probably pick up on antisocial behaviour online, instantly. But to be honest, what is the point? Those malcontents bothering the police with the pathetic insults they are hurling at each other, infuriate me. What a complete and utter waste of police time.