Madeleine McCann: the Police Federation and spelling it out
Madeleine McCann: a look at reporting on the missing child.
The Daily Star, Page 25: “McCanns: Don’t Give Up Hint For Maddie”
Jerry Lawton says the parents of Madeleine McCann – the missing child who became the media’s ‘Our Maddie – are “incredibly grateful to every officer woeking to find Madeleine”.
Not quite the news those of us who wish closure on the McCann file want.
Yesterday, a representative of the Police Federation questioned why £10m and 31 police officers are tasked with finding out what happened to the child when there are other crimes to solve. So today we hear from an unnamed “friend” of Kate and Gerry McCann opine:
“It is up to the Met, the Prime Minister and the Home Office to define the longevity of the investigation – not the Police Federation, which has its own agenda.”
True enough. The Federation was making its point less about the child than the cuts that it says are eating into the police service.
The story is also about keeping the child in the news. Memories fade. Interst wanes. The Leicester Mercury can no longer spell the child’s name correctly:
Madeleine McCann is missing…