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Madeleine McCann: Why Gordon Brown Did It

by | 12th, June 2008

mccann-stamp.pngMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

The Madeleine McCann case is not making much news. But you can still find the missing child being used as a point of reference for lazy hacks looking for context:

DAILY MIRROR: “If I hadn’t been found I would have had a different life –
EXCLUSIVE 20 YEARS ON ..KIDNAP BABY NATALIE”

When she was cruelly snatched aged five months by a woman posing as a store detective, Natalie became Britain’s most famous baby.

That’s Natalie Horrell, in case you’ve forgotten.

For five agonising days, her parents Margaret and Paul were at the centre of a massive hunt until their little girl was found safe and well 200 miles away with a woman who desperately wanted her own baby to keep her marriage alive. Her abductor Delia McCall was jailed for three years for the kidnap, which was foiled when her ex-husband tipped off the police.

But what has it to do with Madeleine McCann?

Says Natalie, one imagines at the Mirror’s invitation to comment on the McCanns:

When Madeleine McCann went missing, I hated it when people started turning against her parents Gerry and Kate. My mum heard people saying things like that in front of her and it upset her, it brought back a lot of memories. Lots of people make mistakes but you can’t go on judging people.

THE TIMES: “Why good husbands have affairs – It seems that what men judge to be logical and stoic behaviour can often seem callous and even immoral to women”

Hwo to link American counsellor, Mira Kirshenbaum’s book called When Good People Have Affairs with a missing child:

“The film The Queen shows in beautiful detail what happened when the British people chose those female values over male stoicism. And it’s why Gordon Brown has to take a direct interest in, say, the Madeleine McCann case.”

And nothing to do with mawkishness and a decent photo opportunity…



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