Madeleine McCann: Kate McCann Appeals To Creepy MPs
The Belfast Telegraph says: “McCann plea for more family support”.
“Kate McCann will tell MPs about the heartache that families of missing children have to endure”
Are MPs that insensitive they cannot empathise? These are the MPs who wore yellow ribbons in the House of Commons in a mawkish display of pap emotion when the Our Maddie story was at its apogee and the politicians were tapping into the emotions of the mob.
Families of missing people are left with “unimaginable, unending heartbreak, confusion, guilt, and worry” when their loved ones go missing and need more support, Kate McCann will tell MPs.
Oh, come on, we can imagine. The TV is full of shows about missing children, imagined by scriptwriters. Did you see EastEnders? Did you see Coronation Street? Gone Baby Gone? The books – all the books? Did you xsee all that imagining?
How can they be better supported?
Mrs McCann, whose daughter Madeleine went missing from her family’s holiday flat in the Algarve region of Portugal shortly before her fourth birthday, will join other mothers of missing children as she talks about the lack of emotional support available to families.
So. It’s not just her. The headline is misleading. The media that created Our Maddie position Kate McCann as the spokesperson for all the missing – whether their loved ones like it or not.
She will help explain the current state of support for families, saying they should be spared “the additional pain of financial and legal bureaucracy”.
How? Kate McCann will say:
“When someone you love goes missing, you are left with unimaginable, unending heartbreak, confusion, guilt, and worry. In addition to the reassurance that everything possible is being done to find their missing loved one, families need support. And they should be spared the additional pain of financial and legal bureaucracy.”
She was helped by the kindness of strangers. The McCanns’ embarked on a skilful campaign to raise funds. Kate McCann’s Madeleine book alone has raised over £2m. Indeed, the McCanns still employ a PR team to handle the media. Should all parents of the missing get a media rep? No longer should we see images of distraught adults sat behind a big desk at the police station, making appeals to the cameras that film their every movement for signs of, well, what? Guilt? Fear? Hurt? Emotion? Entertainment?
Ann Coffey, chairwoman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, said the MPs were examining what “emotional, practical and legal support those families need to help them cope at such a traumatic time”.
Well, quite. What more can be done when a child goes missing?
“When a child or vulnerable adult goes missing the families left behind are absolutely devastated.”
Sure. That much the fortunate can imagine.
“Often the families feel isolated and alone.”
Others get millions of pounds in aid and national resources spent on the hunt. Is there enough of that for everyone?
Mrs McCann, 43, will give evidence as Scotland Yard continues its review of the investigation into her daughter’s disappearance in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.
Let’s hope Scotland Yard and Lee Rainbow make headway…