Anorak | Madeleine McCann: Colette Douglas Home Spreads The Fear And Inside Irvine Welsh

Madeleine McCann: Colette Douglas Home Spreads The Fear And Inside Irvine Welsh

by | 29th, July 2008

MADDIE WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann , Kate McCann, Gerry McCann

THE HERALD : “Do you want to see every parent in the dock?”

It’s Colette Douglas Home , professional Maddie opinion giver. And to answer her question: yes. Fingerprint them, photograph them and question them for 42 days. Only the guilty have anything to fear.


You’ve got to admit, they shouldn’t have left the children unattended and gone out to dinner.” It was a colleague talking to me about Kate and Gerry McCann. He went on: “We go on holiday with a big group of friends but we’d never do that. We put the wee ones to bed and eat downstairs.”

“And do you check on them every half hour?”

“Yes. Well, we send the teenagers to do the checking.”


I wonder if he realises how fortunate he has been. If something terrible had happened, can you imagine the headlines? They would probably say something like: “Teenagers checked on missing toddler while parents partied.”

Yeah, who cares that the children have been eaten by alligators, fallen down the plughole or hit the minibar and suffocated in their own vomit – it’s the media’s reaction to it that matters most.

And what of the McCanns, Colette’s favourite subject:

I imagined the fact that Kate and Gerry McCann are doctors would stand them in some regard, since they spend their lives trying to help others. I was wrong. I thought the clear evidence from family photographs that Madeleine was a happy, well-cared-for child would demonstrate that leaving her unsupervised was an aberration, not the norm. But I didn’t allow for jealousy and resentment.


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