I am sorry I have been so mesmerized by the goings on in the craziest White House I have ever seen, that the latest Madeleine news has slipped under my radar. That’s if you call Tracey Kandhola’s reports of the ever suffering parents recent receipt of another big wadge of cash latest news. And, I compare trawling through tabloid stories online to climbing Trump’s imaginary wall or crossing the Alps with elephants, by the time you have zapped all the ads for Fat Fifty and Funerals Are Us, you have lost the will to live. But to get to the crunch it’s really just Tracey K reminding us the parents are still suffering and need our sympathy and cash.
Now, quite why she brings our attention to the Madeleine Fund is curious indeed. From a PR perspective, is it a good idea to juxtapose the huge pile of cash the parents are sitting on with a reminder that Operation Grange are continually asking for more funds? And whoever heard of a Charity, even a faux one, holding onto cash for a rainy day? Kudos for the honesty, though not sure ‘please give generously for future legal fees’ would make a great slogan. Personally, I think their defence should go along the numbers line, as in Tapas Two, or Tapas Six, or go bigger, Tapas Lovers Worldwide (not in the Textusa sense), but you get my drift.
Kate did of course pledge to donate all the royalties from her book to the Madeleine Fund. People don’t however see this as generosity on her part, it is after all, her daughter who is missing. Then of course, the objectives of The Fund incorporate any needs the parents might have, effectively a piggy bank in which to dip every time they sue someone, especially newspapers, publishers and Goncalo Amaral.
Of course a good lawyer, of the Uriah Heep variety, could argue very effectively that the Company’s Articles allow the parents to use the Fund however they wish. Former Fund Director Esther McVie stated categorically that the Fund would not be used for legal fees. There ended her Directorship and any nonsense talk of bringing checks and balances to the use of the Fund.
So legally, the McCanns are acting within the bounds of responsible company running. But morally? Hmmm. And have they paid all their legal debts in Portugal? Having lost in the highest Court in the Land, all the legal costs - their own and those of Goncalo Amaral and two other Defendants fell in the laps of the parents. Now this is where it is hard to see the separation between the parents’ private income and The Fund. Are they clear and separate entities? One source suggested they (parents or Fund?) may have to pay Goncalo Amaral damages, or they need the £800k+ to sue him further. They are not pressing a further search for Madeleine once Operation Grange closes, but it is implied, almost as an afterthought.
As to why TK continues to inform us of the movement of large sums of money in the parents’ bank accounts, I remain perplexed. Letting the world know they are keeping nearly a million quid for a rainy day, is insulting, especially to all those parents out there who’s missing kids have not received a fraction of the assistance and publicity given to the McCanns. The financial help they could give others in their position is immeasurable, and, err, immediate. They could relieve the financial pressure from the police who are searching for their daughter, they could put up a half million pound reward and still have loadsamoney for a rainy day. But as Clarence said, allegedly, 3 or 4 million may sound like a lot, but when you are running a full A list entourage, it’s just peanuts. My fees alone could run a small hospital in a disaster zone, what doctor wouldn’t choose snake oil over emergency medical aid?
No matter what way you look at, the parents are free to use the Madeleine Fund for whatever they choose, legally they made sure to cover themselves on every front to ensure the company's final objective is never reached. The handing over of the remainder of the Fund to 'other' children's charities.
As for the comparisons between the finding of Jayme Closs and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, there aren't any.