Who is to blame for Maddie McCann’s disappearance?

Well here’s a hot potato if ever I saw one.  The outspoken Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins said it was “time to speak out” after Kate and Gerry McCann fronted a campaign to raise awareness of the Child Rescue Alerts scheme, which sends out text messages and emails if a child goes missing.

Ms Hopkins, a mother of three, wrote that the couple were “too self-assured to hire a babysitter and too self-centred to care” before the three-year-old disappeared in Portugal in 2007.

She also said Kate and Gerry McCann “didn’t deserve £11million of our cash to look for Maddie.”

Show me a family from a council estate who left their child alone to go out eating and drinking who have been lauded with such support and the protection of the state.

The McCanns put their own children in harm’s way. Those kids were in danger. Because of their parents …

Maddie wasn’t lost because someone took her. She was lost because she was left to be found.

Hopkins’ article has caused a bit of an uproar.  But interestingly, according to the Standard’s web page, 87% of respondents think that the McCanns share the guilt.  Not a nice thing for them to learn, obviously – but they do need to realise that the majority of the readers of the Standard are not staunch supporters of their campaign.

Twitter comments are divided:

One Twitter user said: “Agree with absolutely everything @KTHopkins has said about Maddie’s disappearance, she’s only saying what the rest of you think anyway.”

Anna (@HalfBloodAnna) tweeted: “Katie Hopkins victim blaming the McCanns suggests people have no self control, the blame lies with whoever wrongly took what wasn’t theirs.”

Another user said: “There’s lots about this story that many people have felt uncomfortable with – but no one has dared say it before, well done.”

“Yes they made a terrible mistake,” wrote another commenter.

“Thousands do the same thing every day and get away with it. Cruel for Hopkins to rub salt in it surely. How did she become our moral guide?”

One Twitter user said: “Agree with absolutely everything @KTHopkins has said about Maddie’s disappearance, she’s only saying what the rest of you think anyway.”

Anna (@HalfBloodAnna) tweeted: “Katie Hopkins victim blaming the McCanns suggests people have no self control, the blame lies with whoever wrongly took what wasn’t theirs.”

Another user said: “There’s lots about this story that many people have felt uncomfortable with – but no one has dared say it before, well done.”

“Yes they made a terrible mistake,” wrote another commenter.

“Thousands do the same thing every day and get away with it. Cruel for Hopkins to rub salt in it surely. How did she become our moral guide?”

MissBee (‏@MissBee73 ) tweeted: “Someone posted an article by Katie Hopkins about the McCanns which led me to an internet frenzy on stuff about them. I feel disturbed now.”

maddy

Maddy disappeared in 2007 while her parents were having a knees-up elsewhere with their friends

It is certainly true that the McCanns have been portrayed as perfect parents, whereas they left their very young daughter “home alone” while they went out drinking and partying with their friends.  In the UK, leaving a girl Maddie’s age home alone would be a criminal offence.  Also, their involvement in the Portugal police’s investigation may have hampered rather than helped that investigate.

One thing I wonder is: let’s say Maddie is found.  She will have lived with and been brought up by her “new parents” for much longer than the time she spent with the McCann’s.  Would the McCanns want her “family” to be broken up and imprisoned?  Would they want Maddie returned to them, even though they are, to all intents and purposes, complete strangers who have brought Maddie up for many many years?  What exactly do the McCanns want?

The chances are that Maddie is dead, or is being brought up by lovely people she knows as Mum and Dad.  Do the McCanns want o destroy her life just to prove a point?

Kate and Gerry McCann should drop this.  No good can come of it.  Obviously they greave and have had no closure.  But what’s most important to them: their own state of mind, or Maddies?

 

One Response to Who is to blame for Maddie McCann’s disappearance?

  1. cogidubnus says:

    Thoughtful and mindblowingly painful too…it’s natural enough for any parent to want their child back, and I do try to sympathise with them…but wtf were they thinking about? We’ve five kids and we never ever left any of them unattended…not for a moment…it’s surely just a small part of what parenting’s about…not so sure about lovely people though…

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