I think many of the antis (the gruesome name given to us on social media)believe that I am calling them haters, or indeed dismissing them, as haters and trolls. I'm not. The majority of people calling for justice for Madeleine, Goncalo and sadly, now Brenda, are absolutely right to do so. If it weren't for their voices, there is every likelihood that this case would have been filed under 'Parents Innocent' and Gerry and Kate would have been lording it over us with their peerages and spending power.
Most of the people involved in this case feel personally affronted at the injustice that has been done to this little girl. And quite rightly. Children cannot just disappear without questions being asked. If the strong did not speak up for the weak, this would be a very cruel world indeed. The voice of that small child was lost somewhere in the industry and circus that sprung up around her name, and that was the point at which most of us stepped in and why we are still here today.
Unfortunately, high profile cases attract the nutters and the attention seekers and perhaps I am one of them, but I should point out that having undergone an intensive psychological evaluation, the overall consensus was that I am a good egg (not a liar), and those currently checking out my posting history will find that I kept a low profile for many years.
But that aside, the fact is those shouting the loudest were the ones who were being heard, and not in a good way. They were deliberately stirring up hatred, and it was easy for them to do, emotions were heightened, and angry people can easily be manipulated, as any wannabe despot or tyrant will tell you.
The anti side did attract bad people. Most have now moved on to other 'victims', but a few remain, and if their malevolent influence is not pointed out, they will take over and any hope for justice in this case will be lost. There will be a lot of questions asked and answered when the 'revelation moment' arrives, and it will, and many will wonder how they were so easily taken in.
Turning to the word 'anti' - I agree it is a horrible word, and there really isn't any such thing. We may speak to each other in forums and FB pages, but we are not now, and never have been, an organised group of any sort. We are all individuals and we tackle this injustice in our own individual ways. I haven't elected anyone to speak on my behalf in this case or indeed on anything else, and I certainly wouldn't presume to speak on behalf of others. That would be appalling bad manners. If someone asks me how I am, I don't reply 'fine, but I'll have to check with majority'.
I am not condemning the antis as a 'whole', there is no such thing. The majority of people who speak out on behalf of Madeleine want no truck with mob mentality, it is unfortunate that they are the voices we rarely hear.
Anyway, I have butternut squash soup to make, and a hill to climb (literally, I am going on a ramble) :)