With their libel claim appeal failed ‘missing’ Madeleine McCann’s parents need to scale back and stop blaming others
£12 million of public money has been allocated to the search for Gerry and Kate McCann’s missing daughter, Madeleine. This astonishing sum came into play thanks to amongst others their friend and our now Prime Minister, Theresa May, whilst scandalously other children that have disappeared get next to nothing by comparison.
On Tuesday, the McCanns were told they could not sue a former Portuguese detective. Gonçalo Amaral had investigated the ‘disappearance’ and then published a book about the case in which he suggested theories including that Gerry and Kate McCann had faked their daughter’s abduction. Judges decided that the “right to freedom of expression” was worthy of greater protection under Portuguese law than the “right to honour” of the McCanns and thus now, the duo face a massive legal bill.
Mr and Mrs McCann, a couple whose supporters have included the unpopular tycoon Sir Philip Green, should learn a lesson from this. In spite of their continued claims of innocence and determined efforts to continue their search, they must stop blaming the Portuguese police and others for their plight. It is time to scale back the investigation into the disappearance of this child and it is time for Gerry and McCann to accept that they are at the very least to blame for not having left their daughter alone on 3rd May 2007.