Saturday 29 April 2017
A DECADE ON - THEY STILL THINK WE ARE STUPID
I see Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan are back in the Sun today, giving the abduction fable everything they've got and trying their hardest to steer public sympathy back in the direction of Gerry and Kate McCann.
In their lengthy article for The Sun - I expect the hard copy is 'pull out' - they go back to all the old theories and suspects who were ruled out in 2007, and at least once a year ever since. The article has been so carefully worded it reads like the work of a competent student reporter taking Year One exams.
Summers and Swan then return to their pet subject. The McCanns' online attackers, just as they did in 2014 when they released their book 'Looking for Madeleine'. The launch of their book signalled the 'fight back' from the McCanns with Gerry demanding that an example be made and Jim Gamble warning online trolls they would end up in the dock. Jim Gamble also gets an honourable mention in the Summers and Swan article, if only Theresa May had taken up his advice....
Unfortunately, their ill advised 'fight back' did not turn out well. The innocent woman they selected as a target was devastated by the public humiliation, as anyone would be. We were all witness to one of the cruellest publicity stunts ever broadcast by a national news agency. The public recoiled in horror. Had Brenda Leyland lived long enough, she would have seen the support that poured in for her and the way in which this particularly vindictive style of journalism spectacularly backfired.
But returning to Jim. His advice was to create 'a national command and control room you could contact 24/7 whether your child went missing in Birmingham, Belfast or Barcelona'. Two questions here. What could a national command room do, that local police (who know the area) couldn't? And given that only two British children have disappeared overseas in 3 decades, where is the need for a 24/7 instant response team? His idea was never taken up, but at least he has the comfort of knowing that his Madeleine report sparked off the Review that sparked off the Investigation.
The chances are both these children died in tragic accidents. Madeleine's case has been investigated for ten years and no arrests have been made. Had there been a paedophile gang or human traffickers arrests would have been made years ago. I don't believe any police officer could sleep at night knowing that children were being traded and tortured or sexually assaulted.
That is why I do not believe for one moment the nonsense that little British girls were being sexually assaulted in the Algarve for years. Summers and Swan however, are throwing their full might behind it with mind blowing sex crime statistics (against Brits) on the Algarve that nobody has ever heard about, not even the local citizens and ex pats. My questions here would be, in 2007 with the world's media, top crime and investigative journalists, camped out in PDL, how come not one of them came across this story? And why only British girls? This unknown crime wave in the Algarve does however slot in nicely with last week's anonymous nanny and the rape alarms.
Bizarrely, Summers and Swan are still throwing their full might behind Jane Tanner's sighting. They acknowledge that SY ruled Jane's sighting to be a father carrying his child home from the crèche. But there may have been two men carrying children they suggest. Try not to laugh, I couldn't help it. Yes, another man, clearly not Gerry, walked by and given his shapeshifting abilities they are determined to hang onto him. [who says G&K are co-operating with OG?]
But let's look at the bigger picture. What are the common denominators:
The McCanns, The Sun, Summers and Swan, Jim Gamble. All that is missing is Sky News and Martin Brunt and the troll hunters are reunited!