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Madeleine McCann: Gerry’s Blog, No Evidence And No Proof

by | 16th, August 2008

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

BBC: “’No proof’ of harm to Madeleine”

Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine McCann, has made his first public comments since police in Portugal released files into her case.

What did he say? And what does this mean for Clarence Mitchell’s career?

He said he and his wife Kate strongly believed that Madeleine was out there and could be found. “It will be clear to everyone now, that there is absolutely no evidence that suggests Madeleine has been seriously harmed,” he wrote in his blog.

The police do not know what crime – if any – has been committed.

Writing on their campaign website Mr McCann said: “Of course whoever is responsible for Madeleine’s abduction must, and can be, found to prevent them from putting another child and family through the misery we have suffered.

Can anything they do make any difference to any other child, other than increasing the fear in children and their parents?

“Our investigators continue to explore credible leads and will continue to do so as long as Madeleine is missing. Now that the authorities are no longer looking for Madeleine we implore everyone who has provided information to the inquiry to contact us.”

Everyone? All the crackpots, nutters, jousnalists, attention seekers and empathisers?

THE GUARDIAN: “Infamous empathy – It is ridiculous to demand that we feel the pain of people of whom we know nothing – and to blame religion for human ‘selfishness’

Perhaps, at this point Guardian readers are feeling a tepid wash of liberal guilt: even though we know that we don’t in fact feel anything like the same sentiment for other people’s distant children as we do for our own, surely we ought to acknowledge that we ought to feel more than we do? This, too is wrong. We oughtn’t at all to feel more for unknown African orphans. I

n proof of this, consider the halfway case, of Madeleine McCann. Here is a child whom we don’t know, and will never know, but whose name is extremely familiar because lots of people get a kind of pleasure out of the story, and so demand more of it. The faint mixed feelings so pleasurably aroused in millions of consumers by the tabloid press and the television news have done no one any good at all. They have helped make the McCann’s life an even greater misery. They have done nothing whatever to diminish the chance of other children being kidnapped.

And on it goes…



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