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A Dickens Of A Week

by | 21st, October 2006

THE week’s news focused on the Dickensian story of the Jew, the orphan and the flight to London Town.

On Monday, Davie Twist’s future was far from certain. Charities and institutions protested at Davie Twist’s removal from Africa. Protests were made.

And in London, Madonna seemed to have hatched a classic plot.

As the Sun reported, Madonna had spent £5,000 on a rocking horse for her would-be new boy. A worker at Harrods, the Knightsbridge store where the horse was sired, told the paper: “The rocking horses are hand made and top spec. They are beautiful, traditional toys.”

The paper produced a picture of what a rocking horse might look like. There was a tail, a mane and four legs placed on rockers. And a hatch in the belly through which 13-month-old David can enter, hide and thereby escape Africa for a new life in Marble Arch.

In the end, subterfuge was not necessary. And on the Tuesday, Davie was on his way to London.

But not everyone was as “ecstatic” as the boy’s father, Yohane.

“Fury as Madonna brings her baby David to London,” said the Mirror on its front page. “Madonna’s adopted baby is whisked out of Malawi on private jet.”

It was all so very cloak and dagger. The language suggested that we were not watching a woman choosing to give a motherless boy from an impoverished country a new life of splendour and rare opportunity but a kidnap.

“Madonna’s baby is bundled on plane before court fights,” the paper continued. There was another photo, a suitably grainy image of a “Madonna aide”, a kind of Nancy to Madge’s Fagin, carrying David through Johannesburg airport as they headed for London.

“Madge Grabs Baby,” said the Star’s headline. And the Mail was appalled. “Cash for babies fury as Madonna flies little David back to Britain in defiance of legal challenge,” squawked the paper’s front page.

Poor “little” David. He’d been plucked from his homeland like a silk hanky from a rich man’s pocket.

But he soon arrived. And on Wednesday, Madonna was telling the Sun that she would do anything, for Davie, dear, anything, yes she’d do anything (anything?) anything for him.

In an Open Letter from Madonna, we learnt: “It was my wish to open up our home and help one child escape an extreme life of hardship, poverty and, in many cases, death, as well as expand

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