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
It closed down last year, idiots
- The online shop to raise funds for her search has been closed down by Kate
Those pressures of returning to work after a ten year lie in. No wonder she's knackered.
- Kate has told how she has shut the shop due to 'commitments and pressures'
Of course they did. We know that.
- A source claims that donations for the search 'dried up a long time ago'
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?
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.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.
What a fucking nerve. People send "a quid or two but their (sic) is nothing of any real value"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.'
Maybe it had ''real value'' to the people who sent it, you ungrateful shower of shite.
Well, they haven't asked for any, so it's a case of wait and seeThe 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.
It is not still ongoing, it wound up nearly two years ago. They lost.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.
No they are not. This is an absolute falsehood.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.
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
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 liesTheir 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.'
Good for him. I agree.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 Resident.com 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.'
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
See? Small potatoesIn 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.
Not supporters - newspapers, stung with libel actions. Again, the shop was small potatoesThe 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.
Big coincidenceA 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
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