It is only in the last decade or so that the word ‘Hater’ has appeared in our lexicon. I first encountered it in the crazy online world of missing Madeleine McCann. It was applied to everyone who questioned the validity of the abduction story. It was the answer to every question. Why didn’t Madeleine wake up? Why was there no sign of an intruder? Why wouldn’t the parents and their friends co-operate with the police? Answer to all three questions and hundreds more besides ‘it’s because you hate the parents’. Err, why would we hate the parents we ask? ‘Because they are articulate, successful and slim, doubters are clearly insane with jealousy and probably fat’.
The case against Goncalo Amaral, he hates the parents. He built an entire case against them, purely because he didn’t like the cut of their jib. He blamed them for the disappearance of their daughter because he wanted to get back to his long lunches and getting his ears pierced.
Now I have spent most of my life out of sorts with the rest of the world, but I very rarely, if ever, think it is because everyone hates me. Actually that’s not entirely true, it was an intense feeling that overwhelmed me often, when I was 5. As an adult however, I apply logic. Ie. that probably was the last sausage roll and they have haven't got any hidden under the counter.
The McCanns were very canny in their choice of inflammatory words to describe those ‘tiny few’ who did not believe them. Words like hater and pitchforker were applied day in and day out, used often enough to ‘become the truth’. How could anyone not sympathise with two parents who lost a child? They MUST be monsters. Kudos to the McCann publicity machine, they managed to isolate and ostracize a ‘minority’ - those members of the public who did not believe them. Criticising the McCanns was taboo, non supporters of them were the enemy. It divided friends, it divided families.
Even the rich and famous were not immune, Katie Price and Sharon Osborn have had to apologise and walk back their criticism of Gerry and Kate.
Most rational, reasonable, thinking adults interpret all of the above 'hate' arguments as the nonsense they are. Though, the word 'pitchforker' is perhaps an insight into the thought process behind the hate shield. It's medieval, it brings to mind an angry torch carrying mob storming a castle with, literally, pitchforks. It may have been the McCanns' greatest fear, an angry mob. A not unrealistic fear as who knows how a mob may have reacted if Gerry and Kate had been charged. Nothing angers a mob more than crimes against children and having been lied to.
Happily for everyone there have never been any angry mobs in this case, though it has had more than it's fair share of rabble rousers. I personally think the first reaction to any breaking news from Scotland Yard will be stunned silence. For many, it will take a while to sink in. Those involved will be declared cunning geniuses for duping not only the Authorities, but the MSM and several British police agencies.
Accusing your opponent, enemy or whatever, of personal hatred is the defence of those scraping the barrel. It actually demeans the one using it - it screams 'look how hateful I am'. Not a good bluff if you haven't got hundreds rushing to your defence. The public have no reason to hate Kate and Gerry - or do they? The hate defence suggests they might have? No-one else was looking at them, that way.
Did Goncalo Amaral hate them so much that he framed them for their daughter's disappearance? Is that how detectives and investigations work? Let's leave a child predator on the loose and frame these two because they are smug b'stards? The hate arguments barely hold up in a playground, they didn't hold up in the Portuguese civil courts and they are not working on here despite their constant repetition.
Gerry and Kate presented the mystery of Madeleine's disappearance to the world, and have done their utmost to keep it in the headlines ever since. The audience they hate, is the audience they created, it is their reality show, they pull the strings, they keep their names in the news. They don't need to keep their fight with Goncalo Amaral going, they choose to. They want to abuse the European Court of Human Rights, with demands that GA's human rights be taken away. His right to freedom of speech and his right to publish a book. They also want all the money he earned from that book and the proceeds of his family home. Financial compensation of £1.25m - quarter of a million for each of them, and as Isabelle Duarte said, they are Five. Compensation for Madeleine was included in the claim. The rather spoilt Kate and Gerry just can't take no for answer.
That the McCanns are still able to hate Goncalo Amaral with the same intensity after all these years is bizarre. Why waste time chasing the former detective through the European Courts when their daughter is still missing? Why not hate the monster who stole their daughter?