Saturday, 29 September 2018

Public information service

Afternoon all,
Just a very quick one -

This is from the Twitter terms and conditions

You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. What’s yours is yours — you own your Content (and your incorporated audio, photos and videos are considered part of the Content).”

Therefore if a certain blogger steals your tweets and refuses to remove them, you can report them to both Twitter and blogger. Twitter even have a legal dept who will act for you

Here to help 

Monday, 24 September 2018

A little treat

I just had to save these for the nation - hope that's okay, Dave?

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Perfect Storm

Evening all,

I decided to wait and see if there was anything else in the Sunday papers, but it seems they have exhausted themselves for now.

There are so many articles, all basically the same, that I am just going to use one and reduce it to the key points. If I miss anything out, let me know and I'll add it.

I'll use the piece in the Mail as it's by Ms Kandalohahawaii

  • The online shop to raise funds for her search has been closed down by Kate
It closed down last year, idiots 
  • Kate has told how she has shut the shop due to 'commitments and pressures'
Those pressures of returning to work after a ten year lie in. No wonder she's knackered. 
  • A source claims that donations for the search 'dried up a long time ago' 
Of course they did. We know that.  
There was nothing abrupt about it. In any case, it appears to have been a total shambles, with people frequently taking to Facebook to complain that they haven't received their goods and statements that Kate was ''a few weeks behind on orders because of half term" Frankly, it always sounded like she couldn't be arsed. 

Too-busy Kate has told how she has unfortunately had to shut the website store selling travel packs, T shirts, posters and car stickers bearing her daughter's face with slogans 'Please don't give up on me' and 'Still missing, still missed' because of her 'many commitments and pressures.' 
Yeah, right. I'm sure she could have managed to shove a few bits into envelopes. Frankly, the entire set-up was very iffy - have you ever known a campaign charge you for stuff they have asked you to distribute? 
In another fresh blow it has been revealed that donations from the public to the Maddie Fund have dwindled to 'virtually zero' over the past 11years.
Of course they have. Why should anyone contribute to a private fund when we pay taxes to fund the police? They were the ones doing the searching. 
A source close to Kate and husband Gerry said: 'The idea that money is still flooding in is just wrong. Donations dried up a long time ago. At times the story comes into the news a few kind people send in a quid or two but their is nothing of any real value.'
What a fucking nerve. People send "a quid or two but their (sic) is nothing of any real value"
Maybe it had ''real value'' to the people who sent it, you ungrateful shower of shite.

The McCanns are still waiting to fund out if Scotland Yard will request extra cash to keep the search for Maddie going when their current funding runs out in just eight days.
Well, they haven't asked for any, so it's a case of wait and see 

A sum of £750,000 is left in the pot which the McCanns will dip into to pay for their own private investigators if the police search is shelved. But a threat of losing a vast chunk of the money in a bitter legal battle which is still ongoing against a former Portuguese police chief looms over them. Retired officer Goncalo Amaral accused the McCann's of being involved in their daughter's accidental death and covering up - false claims over which they couple sued him for libel.
It is not still ongoing, it wound up nearly two years ago. They lost. 

Heart doctor Gerry and former GP turned medical worker Kate, both 50, of Rothley, Leicestershire, are waiting to hear of the European Court of Human Rights will consider their ultimate appeal against a ruling against them made by the Supreme Court in Portugal.
No they are not. This is an absolute falsehood.
The case against Amaral is concluded. They lost. They have exhausted all appeals
The ECHR can neither overturn or ammend the result nor alter any award, including that of costs, made by the domestic court. It has absolutely no jurisdiction here and the McCanns know that
Their friend said: 'If the case goes ahead and they lose they will have to pay Mr Amaral £430,000 in damages and legal fees which could wipe out the fund for their daughter. Three quarters of a million sounds like a lot of money but it is not if a legal payout has to be made at any point in the future.'
The case has already gone ahead and they lost. They have to pay costs and legal expenses, the same as in any other case. Mr Amaral has not sought any damages and none have ever been awarded. These are simply bare-faced lies 
Mr Amaral has called on the McCanns, who have paid their Portuguese lawyer helping them fight their libel battle, to reveal just how much they have spent on 'court cases.' He said today it was not his fault if they run un out of cash, insisting he has never taken any legal action against them. He told news website Portugal that the couple should explain 'how much money they have spent on lawyers' fees', adding: 'These were thousands of pounds not spent on looking for their daughter.'
Good for him. I agree. 

 Over the years money had been flooding into the Fund - which once topped nearly £2million - much it from online sales of merchandise to help the search for Maddie, who would now be aged 15.
Bullshit - the shop never generated all that much 

In the first months of Maddie's disappearance from the Algarve £1.8million poured into the fund including more than £64,000 from sales of T-shirts, wristbands and 'holiday packs' — posters and car stickers holidaymakers could paste up when they went abroad.
See? Small potatoes 
The following year generous supporters donated more than £600,000, with merchandise again a s large part of the fund. But over the years is has dwindled to a few thousands pounds and now virtually nothing.
Not supporters - newspapers, stung with libel actions. Again, the shop was small potatoes 
A Home Office spokesperson said today: 'To date no request has been received from the Metropolitan Police Service to extend funding for Operation Grange beyond the end of September 2018. Before we would even consider an application from the Met Police to continue its Operation Grange inquiry we need to know what work is left to be done and how much is would cost.'
Next Saturday Maddie's eminent cardiologist dad will be giving a rare and powerful radio interview discussing his heartache and mental health issues over the loss of his daughter. In a bid to raise awareness and help others open he will speak candidly in 'honest, personal and sometimes painful terms' in BBC's Radio 4 programme 'Pearl: Two fathers Two Daughters.'
It will be broadcast on September 29, coincidentally just one day before the search for Maddie could continue or be axed
Big coincidence

Okay - what is behind all this?

The following is my opinion only

What we have here is a Perfect Storm.

I know a little place where three rivers meet. It's a place you don't want to fall into, as three competing bodies of water pound down on your head, doing their damndest to grind you into a bloody pulp, before gaily scooping away your sodden remains and carting you off to a nice sandy estuary 40 miles away.

This is the McCann's perfect storm and the three bodies of water are Operation Grange winding inevitably to a conclusion, the need to pay their dues in the form of a shitload of legal costs, and the likelihood that the ECHR will tell them to fuck off.

Nothing can remove their liability for the costs, so I believe that what we are witnessing is a cynical attempt to generate donations to the fund, in the first instance, although I doubt they realistically expect to generate much, and failing that, to make it appear that the nasty detective took all their money and an evil cabal of Europeans refused to stop him.

I doubt the McCanns will be at all bothered that this story isn't true - it's never bothered them before. 

I think that this is all part of what I am calling Operation Blur.

If Grange ends, they can't carry on any search as the money won't be there

The inevitable questions about where it went are batted away in the direction of a demonic detective who 'ran away with all their money'

Will people who know about the case fall for this? No, not in a million years.
Do they care? No, any naysayers will be dismissed as trolls, whilst in the meantime the great British public will continue to believe whatever they read in the paper

Saturday, 22 September 2018

What do the papers say?

Afternoon all,

There's quite a few articles in the papers today, so I am going to summarize and comment on them all this evening.

Back later

Friday, 21 September 2018

Let's talk about money, money........

Many of you will have seen Ms Kandoladodaday's latest article, where her in-depth research included copying two posts from the Find Madeleine facebook page. I think she selected them because they consisted of words and not pictures of unicorns or doe-eyed fluffy woodland creatures

Campaigners are demanding Sajid Javid give the green light to Scotland Yard to carry on searching when their money runs out in just eleven days.
Are they now? Demanding, you say? Hmmmmm........ 
The Met Police has not yet applied for more cash but they say they are “currently in dialogue” with the Home Office who insists it would need to “carefully consider” any fresh requests.
Then perhaps they are in a better position than a random on Facebook to know if they need any money, d'you think? 

K***** H*** posted this week on the official Find Maddie Facebook page, endorsed by her parents: "Fingers crossed the new Home Secretary backs us the way Theresa May has.
"You cannot put a price on her life. There should never be a limit where they say ‘too much money has been spent.’  
I think the price was £10 per hour for a babysitter 
Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up searching for her  Supporters of the family have rallied around them in the effort to get more cash to continue searching for her
“She is priceless and just as Gerry said in May 2007 ‘We will leave no stone unturned.’
“Hoping this is our last round of funding because it is the round that brings Madeleinehome to where she belongs.”
Well, that's lovely. A heartfelt plea for K***** H*** for an unlimited supply of money to be spent on an endless search

Other people's money, as it turns out. Ms K.H. comes from Indiana, USA

Great research there! 

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Posting problems

Afternoon all,

I have had a couple of people tell me that they have experienced problems when trying to post; typically, the post can be composed but no “your post will appear when approved “ message pops up. The post doesn’t appear at this end . At first I thought it was only posts written on a phone but it seems that is not the case. You may have noticed that the comment facility has recently been updated by blogger to allow comments from registered accounts to be edited by the author, so it’s possible this is a gremlin resulting from the upgrade. I also know it is not just this site which it affected.

I think it is only anonymous posts where this is happening but I can’t be certain.

Please let me know if this happens to you or if your post never appears and you think it unlikely that I binned it. It would help if you can let me know anything relevant eg, browser, anon or registered and also if it included a link.

In the meantime if it happens again you are welcome to email the post to me at the address shown and I will C&P it for you. It will still be anonymous and your email will not be disclosed. Sorry for the inconvenience, I will let you know when I hear back from Blogger, and hopefully they will have a fix soon.


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The Daily Bollocks

Well, today was interesting. 

The Sun featured a story of maximum arse-kissing and minimal truth, then the Mail took it and added a large helping of 'sneer' and a gigantic helping of quite profound cobblers.

So, here's the "story" in brief. I'm not going to copy the whole of each article, just the salient points

According to the Sun:


Fund to find Madeline could be wiped out if McCanns lose £750k case against cop who claimed they were responsible for daughter’s death

If?! IF????! They lost it nearly two years ago. 

 A FUND set up to help find Madeleine McCann could be wiped out within weeks — by a huge payout to a disgraced cop.

Parents Kate and Gerry are fighting to avoid paying £750,000 to the ex-detective who shamefully claimed they were responsible for her death

Oh bugger off with this 'disgraced' and 'shamefully' bollocks. The police all thought the same, unsurprisingly 

 They face a Euro court showdown as public cash to probe the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine is about to dry up.

Euro court showdown, my arse. They can't sue him there. 

Goncalo Amaral, 58, ludicrously claimed in a book that Madeleine, three, died in Portugal and that her parents covered it up.

There is nothing ludicrous about it  

Kate and Gerry, both 50, won a 2015 libel case against him but it was later overturned and Amaral was awarded compo.

He was NOT awarded 'compo'. He was awarded his costs, as any winning party would be 

The McCanns’ lawyers have now lodged final paperwork at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, with a hearing expected this year.

If they get one, which is by no means certain. And it has NOTHING to do with the case against Amaral.

So what does the Mail have to say?

More of the same, really.

A fund set up to help find Madeleine McCann could be wiped out if her parents lose a court case which is due to start in the next few weeks.
Kate and Gerry McCann are returning to court to fight against the ex-detective who claimed they were responsible for Madeleine's death.
No they're not 
If they lose the case the pair will be forced to pay Goncalo Amaral £750,000, after he made a bid to sue them for compensation.
The couple will face Amaral in the European Court, as public money which was funding the search for Madeleine is about to dry up.
No they won't. They can't sue Amaral in the ECHR unless he's declared himself a European state

 A hearing is expecting this year after Amaral decided to sue the McCanns when their libel case was overturned
That may be the case. But if so it has fuck all to do with the ECHR

And at that point I am giving up as their shitty website keeps crashing my browser 

In summary

1. The action against Amaral, which they lost, concluded in Jan 2017. 

2. Costs were awarded against the McCanns

3. They are currently trying to take their case to the ECHR. One cannot take an individual to the ECHR, only a nation state, so they are suing Portugal, not Amaral. I think the chances of a couple who left their kids alone and lost one and who have already cost Portugal a small fortune, are not great.

4. They have always funded this using the donated money, ever since they embarked on it in 2009.

5. Amaral has not brought an action against them, nor has he been awarded ''compo'', as the Sun put it. He has been awarded his costs. There was some discussion about a claim for other expenses he incurred, as the McCanns had his assets frozen for years and he had to go back to court to have them order the McCann lawyers to return the seized copies of his book.If he has launched an action, then good for him, but it has nothing to do with the ECHR

6. They probably never expected to lose or to be saddled with costs, but thems the breaks.

7. They are liable for the costs in the case against Amaral regardless of the outcome of the case they have filed with the ECHR. They are two separate things.

8. The law does not permit them to withhold payment pending the outcome of the new case, and nor can the ECHR overturn or vary the awards made by the Portuguese court

9. Even if they were to succeed in the ECHR, the payouts are usually very small and virtually unenforceable

Other than that, it was spot on.

As the hearing draws near, the specially-commissioned McCann toilet paper is lowered into position 


Highly recommended

Daily Fail

Just popping in to say I’ll be posting about the weapons-grade horseshit in the papers later this evening. In case you were wondering 😊

Friday, 14 September 2018

Settling Scores.

Shortly before the launch of Kate's book, members of the McCann camp used an extraordinary description of the purpose of the book.

Kate intended to use the book, they said, to ''settle scores'', particularly against the Portuguese police. As we have already discussed, the police were not the only people with whom she had scores to settle and her reasons for writing about those people as she did are unclear. I can actually understand her taking her temper out on the PJ - for the sake of her furniture, if nothing else - but the other people she was snotty about? No, there really was no excuse.

So who came in for the sharp edge of her tongue?

Well, the police obviously did, at all levels, with Amaral picked out for special abuse. From the arrival of the first officers who she charmingly referred to as Tweedledee and Tweedledum to the PJ officers who she described as 'morose' while slagging them off with a vengeance:

I know as well as anybody that one shouldn’t judge people – or perhaps places, either – on appearances, but it all made me immensely nervous. I was appalled by the treatment we received at the police station that day. Officers walked past us as if we weren’t there. Nobody asked how we were doing, whether we were OK or needed anything to eat or drink or to use the bathroom. Our child had been stolen and I felt as if I didn’t exist. I’ve tried to rationalize it since: maybe they just couldn’t imagine how it felt to be a parent in such circumstances, or maybe they couldn’t speak English and it seemed better or easier simply to avoid us. Whatever the case, it was a horribly isolating experience.
Mr Amaral, of course, was one of the major scorees

Not sure how I feel about seeing Mr Amaral – for the first time ever, I hasten to add! I know I’m not scared but that man has caused us so much upset and anger because of how he has treated my beautiful Madeleine and the search to find her. He deserves to be miserable and feel fear.
Maybe it's just me, but isn't that an appalling thing to say? To actually want another human being to be miserable and frightened for basically doing their job? 

The irony is that the book and the court action was all aimed at punishing Mr Amaral, at making him suffer. In the end, they lost and most of the pain they inflicted upon themselves.

Mrs Fenn and Yvonne Martin were clearly other people Kate felt she had a score to settle with. This is particularly difficult to understand as all either woman did was try to offer help. In the book, Kate doesn't even bother to name them, which seems even more discourteous

 Then a lady appeared on a balcony – I’m fairly certain this was about 11pm, before the police arrived – and, in a plummy voice, inquired, ‘Can someone tell me what all the noise is about?’ I explained as clearly as I was able, given the state I was in, that my little girl had been stolen from her bed, to which she casually responded, ‘Oh, I see,’ almost as if she’d just been told that a can of beans had fallen off a kitchen shelf. I remember feeling both shocked and angry at this woefully inadequate and apparently unconcerned reaction. I recollect that in our outrage, Fiona and I shouted back something rather short and to the point.
So a lady came out to help - she offered the use of her phone - and Kate and her pal basically told her where to go. Charming. Couldn't be anything to do with Mrs Fenn's recollection of the crying child, could it?

Not having slept for some twenty-six hours I was starting to feel quite jaded but my mind was teeming with horrific images. A middle-aged British lady suddenly materialized beside me and introduced herself. She announced that she was, or had been, a social worker or child protection officer and insisted on showing me her professional papers, including, I think, her Criminal Records Bureau certificate. She asked me to sit down on a low wall, plonked herself next to me and told me she wanted me to go through everything that had happened the previous night. She was quite pushy and her manner, her very presence, were making me feel uncomfortable and adding to my distress.
David was standing nearby. Concerned, he took me aside and pointed out that we didn’t know who this woman was or what she was doing there. He reassured me that I wasn’t obliged to speak to her if I didn’t want to. And I didn’t want to. Whoever she was, and whatever her credentials were, it was an inappropriate intrusion. And something about it, something about her, just didn’t feel right. I was glad I extricated myself. This woman would pop up several times in the days and months to come and I still don’t really know who she is or what she was trying to achieve.
I think you know very well who she was and what she was trying to achieve, Kate. She was a senior Child Protection manager and she was trying to help find out what happened to your daughter. You would not have had the right to walk away and refuse to speak to her in the UK, but for someone who would frequently complain about the way the investigation was conducted, one would have thought the arrival of possibly one of the most experienced people in the field would have been welcome, not a source of distress.

Robert Murat presents Kate with something of a challenge, given that he was also an arguido, but again she never loses an opportunity to stick the knife in

  When one of the GNR officers came over to request more details about Madeleine and any distinguishing features she had, this man stepped in to translate.
I was holding a photograph of Madeleine, which he asked to see. As he studied it, he told me about his daughter back in England who was the same age, and who, he said, looked just like Madeleine. I was a little irked by this. In the circumstances, it seemed rather tactless, even if he was simply trying to empathize. I didn’t think his daughter could possibly be as beautiful as Madeleine – though of course, as her mum, I didn’t think any other little girl could be as beautiful as Madeleine

Then of course there was the contingent of UK officers sent over to act as police liaison. She didn't think much of them, either

 That Monday evening, completely exasperated, we lost it with the liaison officers. Within a few seconds of arriving they were telling us, ‘We’ve had a very frustrating day today.’ It transpired that they’d had to spend the whole day without an interpreter. In other words, it had been a complete waste of time. We were raging. ‘Why did you have to spend the whole day without an interpreter? If you haven’t got one, then get one! This is our daughter’s life, for Christ’s sake. We don’t have days to waste and she certainly doesn’t. And if you can’t get one, then let us know and we will.’ I couldn’t believe it.
I could go on, but I think you get the gist.

Interestingly, I was also asked about the people Kate actually thanked in the book

They all have one thing in common. Their belief in the abduction story

She thanked the locals who attended church and soothed them with platitudes
She thanked the Leicestershire police and other UK forces
She thanked people for buying the book and the various people who helped them put the book deal together

But the people who received the biggest thanks of all were the rich and famous who gave or pledged money or served a mean strawberry vodka.

. I resisted the urge to run around the table and throw my arms around him. Instead I stammered out my gratitude. ‘Thank you, Brian, thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you.’ My heart was doing mini leaps for the first time in months.

 This grass-roots support firmly underpins the higher-profile help we have been so fortunate to receive from those in a position to bring funds and influence to our search for Madeleine. We cannot begin to express our thanks to the wealthy and successful people who have come to our aid and showed the courage to stand by us when many others ran a mile. 

There was no specific thank you for the Portuguese police or the people of the area who gave up their time to search for Madeleine. Nor was there a specific thank you to Mark Warner.

The biggest thanks of all she reserved for one person. Gerry.

Next time, we're going to be looking at this passage from the book, so get your questions in now

It has been far more upsetting and damaging, frankly, to find ourselves let down by people in positions of trust, the very people who ought to be acting in Madeleine’s best interests. Unfortunately, there have been a few of them. Another revelation that appalled us was the existence of individuals whose lives seem to be governed by how they can turn any situation to their own advantage. If their personal agenda is not their prime focus, it is never far behind. They might even be helping, or at least seeming to help, but all the time they are calculating what’s in it for them. There are journalists and ‘criminologists’ I could name whose interest in Madeleine has far less to do with recovering an abducted child than with profiting from her misfortune. They continue to offer their services and ‘expertise’ to promote themselves and make money, often muddying the waters in the process.
You wonder what drives some of these people. Avarice? The need to feel important? Or perhaps something lacking in their lives? Perhaps they are just consumed by a sense of worthlessness and hatred. Maybe some human beings are just born that way.

To be continued...... 

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Operation Grange.

Afternoon all.

With today's news that the Met has asked the government for further funding for Operation Grange, several questions have been raised.

How much are they asking for?

How long do they intend to continue?

What leads are they following?

What further work has to be done?

So here is the answer:

I haven't got a bloody clue. Neither has anyone else. Anyone who claims they know is probably lying out of their arse. Anyone stupid enough to send them another FOI request is an utter gobshite.

Join us again in six months time for exactly the same update. 

Tony was warned that shoving banknotes into the officer's thong wouldn't get his FOI request answered any quicker 

Thursday, 6 September 2018

I see dead people.........

It had to be said, as lie detector tests go, Tony's was a bit shit

Evening all.

Time for a little Bennett-debunking, I think.

The Cadaverous Tramp has been energetically telling lies about Mrs Pamela Fenn, who is unable to defend herself on account of being dead.

So there are only two choices - either get Sabre-toothed Gurney to contact her from beyond the grave via the magic of some shitty crystal she purchased from QVC, or point out to Baldylocks that he's a big old liar.

Yeah, let's go for Plan B

The owner of the world's widest parting starts in typical fashion - with a statement indicating he has already made your mind up for you. Twat.  

1. On her own admission, she did not report the crying incident to the police at the time, or later
You think people go running to the police every time they hear a child crying? Get a life. And she did report it later, that's why it is in her statement. Stop me if I'm going too fast for your calcified neurons 

2. She appears to have been prompted into making her statement by the McCann Team
Absolute bullshit. No indication whatsoever that this is the case 


3. Mrs Fenn’s account of a burglary at her home in the weeks before 28th April is at the very least open to doubt. If she was not truthful about that, we simply cannot use her statement as evidence of anything.
Why is it open to doubt? Because you say so? Load of bollocks, no reason for her to make it up 

4Despite a child allegedly continually crying and sobbing for 75 minutes, with other properties all around, not one other person has ever corroborated the ‘crying incident’. No-one else heard it.
So what? Noise does not travel equally in all directions. She was in the flat above, and heard. You could have had a farting elephant in the room and people across the road might not have heard it, what with windows and shutters and no direct contact. Dozy pillock. 

5. Mrs Fenn says that she ’phoned and spoke to a Mrs Edna Glyn ‘some time after 11.00pm’, that is, after the crying had been going on for over half-an-hour. We have never seen any corroboration of this from Mrs Glyn
So fucking what? Why would we expect to see anything of the kind? You think an elderly lady is going to go public just in case some follicularly-challenged wanktrumpet can have his deranged mind put at rest 11 years later? 

6. It is claimed by Mrs Fenn that when she spoke to Mrs Glyn, she replied: ‘I am not surprised’. According to Mrs Fenn’s evidence, the child she heard crying was sobbing continually - and so must have been audible to her and Mrs Glyn as they were talking (if they were). Yet on Mrs Fenn’s evidence, neither of them bothered to lift a finger about it. They could have called the police or the Ocean Club. But they did nothing 
Absolute bullshit. She was on the phone to Mrs Glynn - Maddie would have had to be screaming her lungs out for her to have heard. And why SHOULD they do anything? It wasn't their responsibility, there was no suggestion the child was anything other than distressed. If someone is making that much noise, they are generally okay (First Aid 101)

7. In any event, Mrs Fenn’s account of contacting Mrs Glyn about the crying appears to conflict with the account of a police officer, who testified that Robert Murat had said that ‘some foreign woman’ had ’phoned him up on the night of the ‘crying incident’
Okay - we are now entering "You are a lying shit" territory. The policeman did no such thing. He testified that at some point Murat had phoned the post to let them know that some WOMEN, who were foreigners, could hear a child crying

There was NO suggestion it was on the night in question, quite the opposite.

He did not say 'woman', he said ''women''

Robert Murat was contacted by some women, who had already spoken to the police, to say they could hear a child crying. Correct thing to do. He contacted the police. Correct thing to do.

Stop fucking lying about it, you oily tit.

8. The description Mrs Fenn gives about the age of the child that she says she heard crying is strange, clumsy and contrived. Allowing for the possibility that something may have been ‘lost in translation’, her statement says that the crying was coming from directly below her and that “the tone of the crying seemed to be a young child and not a baby of two years of age or younger”. The twins were two years and two months during the holiday in Praia da Luz. Thus Pamela Fenn’s statement appears to rule them out. There is at least a suspicion therefore that her statement has been carefully crafted to suggest that it was Madeleine that was crying   
More bullshit. There is nothing clumsy or contrived about it. She stated that the child was using words, not just wailing. That suggests the older child. Cock. 
9. A news clip about Mrs Fenn appeared on SIC TV, Portugal, on 22 August two days after her statement at Portimao Police Station. In it, she denied having any information about the case:
Outright lie.
She very clearly denied having spoken to any journalists. She did NOT deny having information about the case, you just made that up. Wankstain.

Angry at the journalists' questions, Mrs Fenn denied being a witness in the case and said that what the press were saying was ‘pure speculation’.
Another lie. She did not deny being a witness or say that they were speculating.

Why do you do this, Bennett? These are easily provable lies, you dozy pissflange. 

10. Mrs Fenn herself was interviewed for the programme and said that anything she was supposed to have said to the police was ‘rubbish’.

No she fucking didn't. She said that she had not spoken to any journalists and what had been printed was rubbish.

What is worse is you then attach the following transcript, which has errors but which even so does not even back up your own claims in point 10!
Honestly, I have... I know nothing. I have been here three months. [She means: ‘This happened three months ago’. Mrs Fenn had lived I Praia da Luz for years]  Until all this happened, I've never spoken to a journalist, they've written rubbish in the newspapers. I've never even uttered a word! I've never (sighing)... it's all rubbish! Please, please, just forget it”. ]
She actually says 

"Honestly, I have... I know nothing. I have been here three months since all this happened, I have never spoken to a journalist, they've written rubbish in the newspapers, I've never even uttered a word. It's all rubbish, just please, please, forget it" 

So you weren't that far off - but even with the transcript, you have claimed something different

Don't be a knobend all your life, Tony. Take a day off.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Reversing up a one-way street

If, like me, you have ever accidentally driven the wrong way down a one-way street you will know that after a brief moment of panic/terror and quite possibly a loud "Oh shit!", your instinct is to get the hell out of there as quickly as possible. The last thing you would do would be to pull over, consult a road map, maybe make a few phone calls..............

You just want to get the fuck out of there.

When Kate McCann, in the early chapters of her book ''Madeline'', tells us about her fertility issues, and subsequent IVF treatment, she spares us little detail, even revealing how Gerry missed out on a conference in order to do his bit. This exhaustive detail included the following paragraph

. Not all embryos survive beyond the first few days and opinions on the optimum time to transfer them into the womb were divided. Some clinicians favoured implanting them early, on day two or three, on the grounds that they were ‘better inside than out’. Others felt that the embryos that had made it to the blastocyst stage (five days) outside the womb would be the strongest, and therefore the ones most likely to flourish in the long run. We had thirteen fertilized eggs. We decided to have some of them frozen and to have two blastocysts implanted.

Now, fascinating though this is, I doubt whether more than 1 in 20 people reading that passage knew what a blastocyst was or could pick one out of a line-up, so it does feel like rather extraneous detail in a book about how that particular blastocyst came to disappear from a holiday apartment when left unattended approximately 4 years and 9 month later. It is certainly a level of detail far beyond what was required to tell the story.

This contrasts quite sharply with key passages relating to events post-disappearance

Let's consider this passage, dealing with the plans by the PJ to hold a reconstruction

Our understanding was that as arguidos, Gerry and I were obliged to attend. The other witnesses received reasonably friendly emails from the PJ, via the British police, inviting them to take part. They were a bit baffled and replied requesting more details about the purpose of this belated re-enactment. It seemed it would not be filmed, or at any rate, not for information-gathering through public broadcast. Our friends had watched, with increasing horror, what had happened to us. If they were suspicious that the PJ might be trying to use them to somehow strengthen a flimsy case against us, or even to implicate one of them, it would be understandable. There were worries, too, about the likelihood of a media furore blowing up around the whole thing, especially as the proposed dates had already been leaked to the newspapers. The biggest concern, though, for all the witnesses approached, was how a reenactment of the kind the PJ were proposing could actually help to find Madeleine. This question remained unanswered.
Okay, let's pause there.
I don't think the word ''baffled'' is really accurate here. ''Suspicious'' is, or perhaps ''hostile''. There was extensive communication between the two sides and the last thing their questions were is ''unanswered''
What they didn't get was an assurance that the Portuguese judiciary would drop the Arguido status imposed on the McCanns
At that point the tone of the correspondence grew more brusque and what had seemed to be a request began to sound more like a summons. Some people decided they wanted to take legal advice before agreeing to anything. In the end there was no quorum and the plan was abandoned.
And there, in a throwaway sentence at the end, is the signal that she is moving on.
The failure of the group to assist the PJ with the reconstruction is a key event in this case, make no mistake. It resulted in the shelving of the investigation, the PJ being unable to progress without it, yet it is consigned to history with "In the end there was no quorum and the plan was abandoned." which is a long way from being the whole truth. Thus, in three short paragraphs, one of the key events post-disappearance was dismissed.

Another example is from the night of the 3rd May, when Kate claims to have suspected the 'abductor' has sedated her two remaining children and according to both herself and another witness, obsessively checks they are breathing

Scared for them, too, I placed the palms of my hands on their backs to check for chest movement, basically, for some sign of life. Had Madeleine been given some kind of sedative to keep her quiet? Had the twins, too? It was not until about 11.10pm that two policemen arrived from the nearest town, Lagos, about five miles away. To me they seemed bewildered and out of their depth, and I couldn’t shake the images of Tweedledum and Tweedledee out of my head. I realize how unfair this might sound, but with communication hampered by the language barrier and precious time passing, their presence did not fill me with confidence at all.
We did not appreciate until later that these two officers were from the Guarda Nacional Republicana, or GNR, who are essentially military police, like the Gendarmes in France or Guardia Civil in Spain, run by the Interior Ministry. They deal with matters like highway patrol and crowd control, and are also responsible for law enforcement in more rural areas like the Algarve, but they do not handle criminal investigations. At that stage, of course, we weren’t familiar with the various tiers of the Portuguese police system. As far as we were concerned, they were simply ‘the police’.

We tried to explain what had happened. David
reiterated his concerns about roadblocks and border
notification and I reported my fears that all three
children could have been sedated

Here we are treated to an entire paragraph about the origins of the GNR, but she discusses her supposed communication in a single sentence

"David reiterated his concerns about roadblocks and border notification and I reported my fears that all three children could have been sedated"

This is problematic because there is no record anywhere of her having done so. Again, she terminates the discussion as rapidly as possible - nothing about a response from the GNR officers, no indication of any actions taken. She basically just gets the hell out of there

Rather like this next passage

At 5pm, we had a fifteen-minute break, which I spent standing in the corridor outside the interrogation room. Carlos came over and told me not to be so definite in some of my answers. He was referring, apparently, to a couple of claims by witnesses put to me by the questioning officer: allegations that they had seen Gerry or me doing this or that. As these claims were untrue, I had said so. I couldn’t understand why, as long as I was certain a statement was wrong, I shouldn’t refute it. Although Carlos’s stance bothered me, I tried to take his guidance on board. But it did rather undermine my confidence.
This or that?
I perfectly understand that she was restricted in what she could say whilst under judicial secrecy, but that was a long time ago. Here, she makes reference to claims made by a couple of witnesses, of which we have no knowledge, but which were put to her during questioning by the PJ but dismisses them as "allegations that they had seen Gerry or me doing this or that"

Once again, Kate glosses over anything actually significant in the case, but devotes many column inches to relating arguments with translators or superfluous details about the investigators.

Any this is why I compare her reaction to that of someone driving the wrong way down a one-way street. All you want to do is get the hell out of there as quickly as possible. That seems to be what Kate wants to do - realising that she is in a dangerous area, she wants to get the hell out and back into safer waters.

These are probably not the only examples in the book, but they are ones which stood out to me. Kate strikes me as quite loquacious, except when it might get her into trouble; then she shuts up quicker than you can say ''You have the right to remain silent...''