Madeleine McCann: The Sun Uses Our Maddie To Look Good
The Sun’s front-page headlines screams:
“New move over kidnap – MADDIE COPS JET TO BARCELONA”
So. There is proof that Madeleine McCann was kidnapped?
No. Not yet.
Cynics might suppose the Sun’s headline is prompted less by actual news, of which there is little, and more on the paper’s need to look caring and loveable. The Sun, after all, is sister organ to the News of the World, now defunct, which published Kate McCanns’s diary without her permission.The NoTW apologised, but at the Leveson Inquiry into media standards Kate McCann spoke of the pain it caused her. She then sold the rights to her book to the Sun.
So. You see. The Sun is nothing like the NoTW. Nothing like it at all.
As for the story… Well,
SCOTLAND Yard detectives have flown to Barcelona to probe a theory that Madeleine McCann was taken to the Spanish resort. The move follows a review of the four-year-old case, triggered by an emotional plea from the abducted girl’s parents Kate and Gerry in The Sun.
It’s the Sun what dunnit.
A sighting of a suspicious Victoria Beckham lookalike in Spain after three-year-old Madeleine vanished is being examined by British cops.
Yes. You can read more on that here. But the Sun has those caring credentials to burnish. So. It hacks over the old ground that got nowhere:
Three officers went to Barcelona to request a new look at evidence — some of it suggesting Maddie, three, may have been whisked there after her abduction in Portugal in 2007.
It is understood files being re-examined include a report by a British stag party group who were in Barcelona that a woman asked: “Are you here to deliver my new daughter?” The well-dressed woman was said to resemble Posh Spice Victoria and to have an Australian or New Zealand accent.
Yep. We’ve been there before, too.
One of the Britons approached the woman — aged between 30 and 35 — after seeing her pacing up and down anxiously outside a bar. She repeated the question twice and was later seen in a heated conversation with a man. She was described as slim, 5ft 2ins and with short brown hair. Private detectives employed by the McCann family have always believed the incident could be significant.
And that’s the thing: the Met are not there to believe in theories that may be true or not. They are there to establish clear facts. Lee Rainbow and the rest are at the top of their trade.
The Operation Grange squad, led by Det Chief Inspector John Redwood, has also visited Portugal three times.
Met chiefs stressed yesterday that no specific new information has been found.
A McCann spokesman said: “Kate and Gerry welcome the continuing work of the Metropolitan Police and are pleased the review is making progress.”
What progress? We are not told. We do not have to be. The police were in Spain last month. They are not grandstanding to a voracious media. This is an investigation. A proper one…