UPDATE - 30.08.17
With just over a month to go until Operation Grange comes to an end, or requests further funds to carry on, Gerry and Kate via their always obliging friend Tracey Kandhola, have announced they will dip into Madeleine's Fund to hire more private detectives. (What happened to Dave Edgar?).
It would be fair to assume the parents of Madeleine know more than the rest of us, and from their statement it would appear Scotland Yard can't find Madeleine, or they believe she is dead. In any event, the eventual conclusions of Operation Grange, are at odds with the beliefs of the parents.
According to Tracey, the McCanns have a healthy £700k+ in the Madeleine Fund, and the search will go on, they will never give up. Now, there has been no mention of 'The Fund' for quite some time, and many, myself included, thought any cash the McCanns have remaining would have to go towards the massive legal bills they owe in Portugal. But they had good lawyers, a clause probably exists to protect the 'Search'.
As the countdown begins, sources are leaking everywhere. Last week, a source told us Operation Grange will request more funds. This week, a source tells us, 'nope, no requests for more funds', and another source tells us they [the police]are 'finishers'. Kate once described herself and Gerry as finishers too, so we may be seeing the beginnings of an epic battle.
In response to an interesting reply on 'Not Believing doesn't equal hate' and to make more room - the discussion continues here. I wish I could have c/p it, and would be grateful if someone could :)
Whether you believe the parents were involved in Madeleine's disappearance or not, the biggest question is, 'why a cover up'? Those directly involved in whatever happened to Madeleine, obviously had plenty of good reasons, so strictly speaking, the question should be 'why the cover up of the cover up'?
Which brings me to that interesting post at 22:43 on the previous blog. It's a new angle - well for me at least. I never considered that Professor Gerry could have been working on something 'sensitive'. And you may well be right, in that he had leverage in some way. However, I think murder or death of a child trumps 'sensitive' information and in 10+ years there have been no groundbreaking discoveries involving Gerry that I am aware of. I also think a research team could not operate with the sword of Damocles hanging over them. But as always, I wouldn't rule anything out!
I am still very much of the opinion that whoever picked the phone up that night in Downing Street or Whitehall, made the wrong call. The full weight and backing of the incumbent government was thrown behind Gerry and Kate, before anyone had looked into what actually happened. Neither Blair nor Brown had the balls to admit they got it wrong, instead they chose to carry on with the 'lie' and this is where all the schemers and manipulaters had them over a barrel.
At the time of Madeleine's disappearance, New Labour were getting a bit too big for their boots. They were blocking ALL forms of protest by introducing 'terrorism laws' to arrest elderly gentlemen wearing subversive t-shirts outside their Labour party conferences or protesting outside parliament. They were shamelessly exploiting the public's fear of terrorism, interspersed with fear of paedophiles, to find ways in which to control the internet. They wanted access to all our internet activity, ID cards, everyone's DNA, and a few more rules to rough people up at borders. Who remembers tanks rolling into Heathrow Airport? That was quite a stunt.
How many were involved in the cover up of the cover up? Given the number of arseholes in New Labour who were happy to embark on an illegal war, covering up a colleague's mistake was a small ask. When it became a big ask however, I think pressure was brought to bear. Politicians are always susceptible to bribery and corruption, ask those with motorways where their parks used to be. Or, perhaps Tony (I wouldn't be seen dead in a Skoda) Blair. It is one of the vulnerabilities or should we say, perks, of office. To believe otherwise would be to go back to that pre Madeleine McCann age, when we believed the newspapers were supposed to tell the truth and our elected representatives were honourable.
I suspect 'the hold' in this case is dark and murky, but not in the way the more deranged 'antis' would have us believe. People on a quest to gather information about individuals, more often than not, have a malevolent agenda, they are looking for something they will, when necessary, use against their subject. Years ago when homosexuality was illegal and 'gays' were demonised, homosexual MPs were especially vulnerable. Now, any whiff of paedophilia, real or simply alleged, can destroy lives. When Tony Blair left office, the God Complex had well and truly set in, I would imagine he had a portfolio on everyone useful, the entire population's he didn't quite achieve, but he was working on it.
What began with a massive f**ku* for the incumbent government, soon became a popular cause, and it had all the ingredients to reinforce their 'Paedo on every corner' campaign. Men rounded up by Operation Ore were still being publically executed. The fabulous actor Chris Langham was imprisoned on charges that wouldn't have been out of place in medieval court, presided over by a row of a Cardinals. My heart goes out to him, and to all those men whose lives were wrecked by that particularly nasty witch hunt. And I can say that loud and proud, not just as a survivor of a catholic children's home, but as someone who can see straight through the hysteria and insanity and the Witchfinder General mentality. The charges against Chris Langham were akin to charging everyone who likes their horror graphic and violent for watching banned films, or arresting drug users, rather than their suppliers. The dear man has never, and probably would never, hurt a child, the cruellest allegation anyone could have made against him, and it is obscene that he, and so many others, had to go through such an ordeal.
But Chris Langham was among many, since then we have seen dozens of celebrities and politicians dragged into the public square, accused of decades old sex crimes. This isn't law and order, it's showmanship, it's playing to the gallery. There are no dawn raids Cliff Richard style, on Fred the plumber, who was known to have groped every bridesmaid at every wedding. He can chuckle at the memory, safe in the knowledge his face will never appear on the front page of The Sun.
Madeleine wasn't a bedraggled urchin that no-one cared about, she was the well loved, photogenic child, of pious and responsible doctors who were in no way to blame for her disappearance. The subliminal messages sent out from the sweet, innocent, face of little Madeleine in those posters was loud and clear - it could be your child next.
A double glazing salesman once told me, the answer to EVERY question is money. Even after all these years I have yet to prove him wrong. The financial exploitation of this poor child, is one of the distasteful sides of this case. From all those who flew out to PDL, to the missing charities who made her their poster child, presumably while leaving pictures of the genuinely missing gathering dust.
Going back to the political questions you raise, I think all of our eyes have been opened wide in recent years. For me it all began with the Madeleine case. I feel a bit embarrassed about that, because at the time I was teaching Media at A-level. If I were in the same position today, the first assignment I would give my media and politics students, is watch Armando Iainnucci's 'The Thick of It'.
Everything in this case, from the start to where we are now, is more accident than design - hence the spectacular mistakes. Most of it, I think, has been 'off the cuff', at the beginning especially, when Jane Tanner's sighting had to be squeezed in between two checks on the kids written by the tapas group on Madeleine's colouring book. Of course Jane's sighting should have topped that list, and they should all have been running in the direction she says he went, but for some reason, getting their alibis straight, had precedence.
The initial cover up is pretty much set in stone. The parents and their friends gave their statements, and they are sticking to them. For Operation Grange, I suspect Cover Up II, is the biggest challenge. All these delays and further extensions, suggest they have been stonewalled throughout. They don't appear to have let that put them off, it would appear for Operation Grange, only the truth will do.
Ps. If anyone out there knows Chris Langham, could they please let him know that a genuine survivor of a regime run by real paedophiles, has spoken out on his behalf and give him my very kindest wishes.