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Madeleine McCann: Casandra Jardine, Chris Freind And Spinning In Circles

by | 10th, May 2011

MADELEINE McCann : Cassandra Jardine and Chris Freind (whose article has now been removed) debate the rights and wrongs of Kate McCann’s book. Odd that a single thread story the vanishing of an innocent child should be debated. But such is the way of a story that has been spun:

First up Jadirne, who asks Telegraph readers:

Kate McCann: why didn’t they believe her?

Who are they?

So far there has been only one public recantation. A tabloid journalist wrote yesterday that he “rues the day” he rubbished the McCanns’ version of the disappearance of their daughter, Madeleine, four years ago.

That was David Jones in the Mail , a man who, apparently, regrets being a journalist and showing not telling; presenting the facts in a clear narrative and not making judgements based on a hunch.

After a brief retelling of the extracts of the Madeleine book, Jardine notes:

Four years ago, we gorged on every detail of the Tapas Seven, the man seen carrying a child in a blanket, and the DNA testing of the car that the McCanns hired for their Algarve holiday. It was a latter-day Grimms’ fairy story, one that stirred up every parent’s fears because we have all taken tiny risks, whether it be leaving children in the car while dashing to the cashpoint or nipping to the loo when they are playing in water.

We are back to the assumption that what happened to Madeleine McCann and what did happen to her? could have happened to any child. And it’s not a fairy story a real child really went missing. Come on, Cassandra, that is the sole fact.

Accidents are always foreseeable, but only with hindsight, and most don’t happen.

Accidents? What accident?

As I wrote then, having visited the crime scene in Praia de Luz, I too would have left my children asleep in the McCanns’ apartment, which was visible (though not entirely) from the resort restaurant.

Only, you didn’t, Cassandra. Maybe next time you visit the resort, you can take your kids with and test your own theory?

I might not even have checked them as often as the diligent tapas diners, who returned to the rooms every 15 minutes.

Maybe. Yep, definitely maybe. But why speculate when you can test the theory, Cassandra. Gonzo journalism needs you.

Others disagreed vociferously. Men and women have accused Kate, a part-time GP, of being a bad mother and worse, while Gerry, her cardiologist husband, has had a relatively easy ride.

Cardiologist. Fact!

Her critics may chiefly wish to reassure themselves that such bad luck could never befall them, but their venom suggests a lingering prejudice against working mothers, especially those who dress neatly, express themselves crisply, go to church and jog in order to keep up some semblance of normality amid emotional chaos.

Eh? People formed an opinion on Kate McCann because she spoke crisply ”? Having established that leaving young children alone on holiday is what a journalist would do (and, no, I would not so a consensus among journalists might be hard to achieve), Jardine says that some people don’t like Kate McCann because she goes to church and has clean clothes? Well, yes, maybe. But why not find one venom-filled hater who espouses that view. Why speculate?

Had Kate not been pretty, middle-class and educated, she might have received more sympathy…

Perhaps, had she been black, working class and uneducated, she’d have been visited by social services, unable

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