I am a huge fan of The Thick of It, UK political satire for the uninitiated, an hilarious programme once you get past the cussing. I actually find it quite amusing the number of ways in which they can use and abuse the 'F' word. The Thick of It gives we mere mortals, an amazing insight into the machinations of politics. The main protagonist, Malcolm, is supposedly based on Alistair Campbell*. As the wonderful Armando Iannucci has not been sued, we can only believe it is pretty close to what actually goes on.
By dawn on 4th May 2007 the story of Madeleine McCann disappearing was headline news on all the channels. A break in had occurred, and a child had been abducted. There was no room for speculation, those were the facts. The journalists did not have to write their own scripts they were being provided with them, straight from the horses mouth via several relatives and McCann enthusiast Michael Wright. As we now know, it was a carefully manipulated campaign, designed to appeal to the public's heart and of course, its purse strings. How did Gordon get involved. Vanity probably. Politicians love nothing better than a popular bandwagon to leap on, particularly one that includes a cherubic little girl with a photogenic family who embody all that puts the Great into Britain. It must have been a huge Oops moment, when they discovered there was more to the case than first appeared. By then of course, it was too late to backtrack and they had to grin and carry on regardless. Again, I refer you to 'The Thick of It'.
I think orders probably came from on high that the parents were to be treated with kid gloves in the half arsed hope that it would all go away. If it didn't, the story of 'Missing Madeleine McCann' made global headlines and lots of [publicity seekers] wanted a piece of the action, and a mention alongside an appealing pic of the missing child. It shows their fans what kind compassionate people they are, I doubt those wellwishers imagined the McCanns would still be whining about what a hard deal they had 6 years later, and asking for more cash to put it right.
The tv studios embraced them, their mumsy she-wolves protecting the stricken parents from the mythical mobs of haters and pitchforkers trying to batter down the studio doors. Those doubting the McCanns were clearly jealous of the charming couple's loving marriage/beautiful children (minus one)/comfortable life etc, etc. If you weren't with them supporting the search, you were against them, ergo a hater, ergo a chav.
Alleged threats brought them more headlines and more donations from nice people. The 'masses' obviously hated the McCanns because of their success. So, they made a tiny mistake. All parents do. Shame on the rabble who were only booing them because they had all their own teeth and good jobs. Journalists empathised with them, they were PLU (People Lie Us), one or maybe two generations away of the tenements who had made good. The McCanns were nice people who go to properly run holiday resorts and hotels, just like them, not on half price boozy excursions to Benidorm. How could it possibly be their fault? The prols were obviously too blinded by their lust for Kate's earrings and matching necklace to have any understanding of the case.
I'm going to have to say it, there is an underlying class war going on here. The 'pro's' tend to be right wing extremists whose favourite word is 'ban'. They can apply it to almost everything. When they are not trying to ban things, they are advocating a good thrashing for the riff raff who have the audacity not to believe the saintly pair. Not for them a kebab and a swig of white lightning, the McCanns' cocktail parties are probably wall to wall with ambassadors and Ferrero rocher. No doubt discussing high profile good causes they can attach their names too, whilst ignoring the most obvious good cause of Kerry Needham.
But I digress, there will always be conspiracy theories surrounding this case, some may even have legs. I see it more as a runaway train driven by person(s) who don't know how to stop. Is it lunatic (A) with his wider agenda? or lunatic (B) with her obsessive hatred? What a combo. Keep it simple, stupid.
*I believe Alistair found it amusing.
Ps. Is it just me who has a bit of a crush on bad boy Alistair? And could it be used as part of an insanity plea in the future?