...the anticipation of the release of the McCanns' book, 'Madeleine' in April 2011.
We can eagerly await the detailed and descriptive narrative of Madeleine's disappearance through the eyes of her parents - maybe now we'll be able to iron out those annoying inconsistences that so far have gone unexplained...? Or maybe not?
The jemmied shutters... the locked doors... Will we discover who was responsible for those comforting words... it was all within the realms of responsible parenting? Will there be a whole chapter devoted to Ms Tanner's 'abductor' or will it be minimal like her initial description. Maybe her swarthy man will pop up here and there throughout the book, everchanging like he did in real life. What put those joyous, relieved smiles on the McCanns' faces when they emerged from church on the 12th May, just 9 days after Madeleine vanished - was it because it was Madeleine's birthday or perhaps the arrival of Father Seddon? Will they give us their thoughts on the disturbing scent of cadaver emanating through their belongings, apartment and car? Their thoughts on the Gaspar statements, and who really fingered Murat?
Questions, questions... there are a myriad of things that could be explained, yet they won't be. I have a feeling this book will not be an accurate account of happenings in Praia de Luz, but a slushy, fluffy attempt at regaining sympathy and more money for the hard-done-by parents, just like the Channel 4 documentary.
"Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl."
Really? Can we presume that every penny of the book sales will be going into its own account, separate from the Madeleine Fund? The Madeleine Fund account is not solely for the 'search' as we have discovered over the years. In the first year £2 million was raised and only 13.3% was used to fund the search, approximately £250,000. So if every penny raised through sales of the book is to be spent on the search for Madeleine, it can't just be put into the mixing pot with the mortgage payments, lawyers fees, public relations, travel or any other costs, can it?
After all, the Madeleine Fund isn't some kind of aid or charity is it? No, it's the McCanns' own limited company on which they sit as directors. Are generous folks giving to help pay the McCanns' PR gurus, their many lawyers? No, people actually give money with the intention of aiding the search for this doe-eyed little girl, yet her parents sit on the board of directors and actually influence the decision as to where that money goes and what its spent on, maybe the search? Maybe not? Mr McCann recently said in an interview that they try to run the fund like a small business, well that's exactly what it is... a cash cow.
The McCanns refuse to speak to the police, refuse to aid in the investigation and they refuse to use their legal right to reopen the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance. No need to worry about how much money is left, because with the police conducting the official investigation, it won't cost anyone a penny. Their friends refuse to return to Portugal to take part in a reconstruction of that fateful night, why are these people still on the McCanns' Christmas card list? The pretence that there is no law enforcement agency looking and that they need more money to search is aided and abetted by the shameful British media who have forgotten that this is all about a missing child. They selectively report and fail to mention all of the above, preferring instead to advertise the diminishing money pot and encourage people to donate to the Fund Ltd.
After the latest tete-a-tete with the media, we get an idea as to how the land lies. According to her parents, Madeleine is either languishing in the dungeon of a swarthy pervert or being treated like a princess by a loving couple. Whatever, she'll be giving them her tuppence worth... but we can now surmise that she won't be found by the end of April next year and that she won't be passing by any bookshops where she may recognise her name, photo or parents on the cover of a book. The only mention Madeleine gets is in relation to the book title with her name being yet another good marketing ploy.
"Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information - knowingly or not - to come forward and share it with our team. Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw,"
Share it with our team? That is ten shades of wrong... and just what is that piece of information they're looking for? It keeps getting a mention - is there only one piece of the jigsaw missing, just one key and not a whole set?
Words are no good whatsoever unless they're said to the right people. The only people who wish to hear your version of the truth Mr and Mrs McCann, are the police. Unfortunately this is without self gain, but the person who really matters will benefit.
Madeleine deserves justice for a fair search.