Following on from my last blog, and the reasons why this case remains unsolved, Clarence Mitchell I think, deserves a special mention.
The appointment of Clarence Mitchell as Government Spokesman, is unique I think, in crimes involving British citizens abroad, please correct me if I am wrong, but I have never heard of it before. I'm not applying sinister reasons on the part of the Government, I expect it was something the very assertive Gerry and Kate asked for when Tony Blair asked if there was anything they could do.
However, the appointment of a spokesman from the Government to speak on behalf of the family, gave the impression that the British government deemed them innocent and approved of their campaigns and fundraising. Clarence (government spokesman) made it clear when he said, 'just put the money in brown envelopes and send it to Rothley'. True, he may not have been a government spokesman at that particular time, but in the eyes of most of the world, he was.
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Gerry and Clarence undoubtedly clicked. I'm guessing there was a bonding session as they flew out to PDL together. Not quite the mile high club, but a bromance based on shared dreams. Both are narcissistically blown away by their ability to deceive others. Clarence stayed out in PDL for 3 months, being paid for presumably, by the government. But who was he taking his instructions from? The Home Office or the family? Was he being paid by the British government to smear the Portuguese police and judiciary? Why did the McCanns even have a government spokesman?
I believe he started working for the McCanns personally, around September 2007, when they were made arguidos. Who can forget how he stood outside the McCanns' Rothley home, with Gerry and Kate trembling in the background, as he read out a statement on their behalf.It was a staged affair, reminiscent of those sheepish interviews given by politicians on a Sunday morning, while we read vivid allegations about them in the News of the World.
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Many I think, especially the headline skimmers, took the constant presence of Clarence, as being a sign the authorities did not believe Gerry and Kate were involved in their daughter's disappearance. And Clarence's gift for sounding important, and making his clients sound important, took this deception a long way. What would we have thought of Karen Matthews for example, if she had had an official government spokesman? Maybe, if the authorities believe her, so should we?
Changing public perception isn't a crime, nor should it be, advertisers, politicians and bloggers would be out of business. It was Clarence's job, to make the public think kindly of his clients, and he was prepared to go to any lengths to achieve it. Whether he should have been funded by the Foreign Office to do this, is another question.