Madeleine McCann and the Government’s Counter-Terrorism strategy

A little bird tells me that there is great consternation in the Home Office at the news that Kate McCann’s book on the disappearance of her daughter, Madeleine, is due out on 12th May. 

Is this because of fears that there may be revelations in the book about links between the British police and the rather inept Potuguese police investigation?

Apparently not. 

The real reason is that the 12th May was ear-marked by the Home Office for the publication of the Government’s new and revised CONTEST (Counter-Terrorism) Strategy.  And there is panic amongst Government spin doctors that Kate McCann’s story might upstage it.

And the likely outcome: the CONTEST Strategy will be delayed.

I am sure that will be reassuring to Al Qaeda.

166 thoughts on “Madeleine McCann and the Government’s Counter-Terrorism strategy”

  1. The Twain Quote always makes me wonder as to whe they had to have a written timline.


    This woman is a follower of a convicted criminal – namely Goncalo Amaral. You really should take all she says with the proverbial pinch of salt!!

    We can all say that we have ‘researched’ the case, but in actual fact we all see what we want to see, unless of course we are blind, which I feel that you two seem to be.

  3. Criticism of police investigation from the Portuguese legal system
    Portuguese prosecutors ridiculed detectives investigating Madeleine McCann’s disappearance for uncovering “very little” conclusive evidence about the child’s fate, the newly released files have revealed.
    The damning report, made public as part of the massive dossier of evidence assembled over more than 14 months, even compared local investigators unfavourably with Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes.
    Written by public prosecutors in Portimao and dated July 21 – the day the case was officially shelved – the document said the investigation had not been able to find any proof which would allow “the formulation of any lucid, sensible, serious and honest conclusion” about the circumstances of the girl going missing. It continued: “This includes the most dramatic thing, ascertaining whether she is still alive or dead – which seems the most probable.”
    “The investigators are fully conscious that their work is not exempt from imperfections. They worked with an enormous margin of error and they achieved very little in terms of conclusive results, especially about the fate of the unfortunate child.
    “This is not, unfortunately, a detective novel, a crime scenario fit for the investigative efforts of a Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, guided by the illusion that the forces of law and justice can always re-establish order.”
    The 58-page report written by public prosecutors Jose de Magalhaes e Menezes and Joao Melchior Gomes was contained in the final volume of the files released to the media this week.

    The prosecutors’ report said Madeleine’s parents did not “act with intent” in leaving their children alone in their holiday apartment the night the child went missing.
    “They could not predict that in the resort they chose to spend their holidays they could place the life of any of their children in danger.”
    They also noted that: “We must also recognise that the parents are paying a heavy penalty — the disappearance of Madeleine — for their carelessness in monitoring and protecting their children.
    It went on: “While it is a fact that Madeleine disappeared, the circumstances of how this happened is not known.
    “Even if, as a hypothesis, that Gerald and Kate could have been responsible for the death of the child, it would always be left to explain how, where, when, with what means, with whose help they disposed of the body.”
    It highlighted their “normal behaviour adopted before and after the disappearance.”
    It said: “In reality, none of the suspicions which led to them being made arguidos came to be confirmed later.”

    Two strikingly similar e-fit pictures which were compiled from sightings were not released to the public or the McCanns until after the investigation had been shelved.
    Police were told by tourist Derek Flack that he had seen a man acting suspiciously around the McCanns’ holiday apartment just before their daughter went missing.
    Lance Purser, a British expatriate, said he had seen a similar man in the area in the weeks leading up to Madeleine’s disappearance.
    Both gave statements to the police three days after the child vanished and helped compile the e-fits. The two men described a young, white man with dark, deep set eyes and dark hair.
    Despite the similarities in the two descriptions detectives chose to keep the pictures secreted in their files.
    The McCanns had publicised a series of e-fits and sketches of suspects seen outside their apartment but they we unable to act on these two because police did not even tell them of their existence.

  4. Now you’re being silly!!! What on earth has Nelson Mandella got to do with Madeleine, or the McCanns, other than he most probably supports the McCanns in their search for Madeleine, just as any sane person does?

  5. I see, you are placing Goncalo Amaral together with Nelson Mandella – Do Not insult the latter – Goncalo Amaral left the police force so that he would not be sacked for making up a pack of lies and putting them in a book. This man has also conspired with others to torture another mother in practically the same senario as Kate McCann. This man is evil, and he needs to be put behind bars.

  6. This comment from another site is quite appropriate to be added here ……

    The Perception of Class

    I honestly wish I had a pound for every time I hear the old, worn out saying, “If they had been working class and from a council estate they would be in jail by now.” The inference is that because they are middle class doctors the establishment is somehow protecting them, or that their status gives them undue, or biased, treatment. Personally, I do not accept this.

    First of all, both Kate and Gerry came from the very working class background that would have seen them carted off to jail, that some people seemingly expect. Gerry in particular grew up in a Glasgow tenement block, a whole family of seven, plus the odd lodger, in a one bedroom house! How much more working class can you get? I do grant you though, that they are now no longer, at least on the face of it, working class, though I wonder how Kate and Gerry view themselves?

    But the inference that status endows some sort of privilege or protection needs a little further examination. Within what we might call the ‘Establishment’ I think few would disagree that the government tops that heading, and that the House of Lords would be perceived as the very pinnacle of status. A member of said House of Lords would, therefore, expect the full weight of the establishment to come to his aid, to offer support and protection at times of self induced strife. So then, can someone explain Jeffrey Archer?

    Archer was a British MP, a Government minister and eventually a peer, a member of the House of Lords. But in January 2001 he was charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice. Had he been from a working class housing estate he would have gone to jail, but being a Lord, he enjoyed the protection of the establishment.

    Except…he didn’t! In July 2001 he was found guilty, and sentenced to four years imprisonment. Kate and Gerry are just simple doctors, nothing nearly so grand as Jeffrey Archer, so how is it that the establishment is somehow perceived as protecting them when it did nothing to protect Lord Archer?
    M’lud, I rest my case!

  7. Kate seemed somewhat bemused when the government resfused them access to files, by stating, and I quote ” they know we can keep a secret” how on earth did the government know they could keep a secret, what secret?

  8. You are now talking in riddles. How would I KNOW that you could keep a secret? By what had gone before, of course.

    If the Government gave the McCanns access to the illusive files on the proviso that they would not share the information with the media, and the McCanns gave their word this should be enough, due to the fact that they DID NOT DIVULGING ANY INFORMATION in Portugal due to their secrecy laws.

  9. Due to Portugese secrecy laws the McCanns had no choice but stay quiet or go to jail, that is a huge diference with regards to what they could or couldnt say here in the UK, so my question still remains valid. How did the UK government KNOW they could keep a secret?

  10. On 11 December 2009, Gerry McCann said: “There is no evidence that we
    were involved in Madeleine’s death”. The previous year, the McCanns’
    spokesman said: “Can I suggest you actually quote me accurately. I said:
    ‘I believe Kate and Gerry are not responsible for Madeleine’s death’.”

  11. In answer to your last quote ‘ I believe Kate and Gerry are not responsible for Madeleine’s death’ – what was the question he gave that answer to? You can’t just come out with answers to questions without giving the full facts of the interview. You are grasping at straws now.

    Why do you keep asking why the Government knew the McCanns could keep a secret? I haven’t a clue, but the most probable answer is that they trust them because of what I have said previously. Why do you think that the Government think that they could keep a secret? You must know, or else you wouldn’t keep asking the question.

  12. Sorry Jean I have been away. Okay lets start with I believe Kate and Gerry are not responsible for Madeleine’s death’ this was a statment made to the media by CM why he mentioned Maddies death we have no idea but GMc has made a similar statment in the past, so one has to ask why would they say they had no dealings in Maddies death when they have always said they believe she is alive?
    Secondly, why would I ask a question regarding secrecy if I knew the answer, go figure Jean. If I knew I woldnt ask.

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