It is three weeks since we last posted on the Blog, all the time expecting (not really) that some news would be forthcoming regarding the continuing search for little Madeleine McCann. Or even news about the McCanns finding someone else to sue and help to keep Carter Ruck in business, and their own Maddie fund in a healthy financial state.
The Police, British or Portuguese, have had little to say in this intervening period and have failed to report any worthwhile activity, no more suspects, no more interviews and definitely, no more progress. But plenty of expense for the British (and we suppose) the Portuguese Taxpayer!
What we find particularly interesting about the Madeleine case is that despite the absolute mountain of World-wide publicity there has been a total lack of "Maddie sightings" for a very long time. This is an unusual aspect of this type of missing person enquiry, as normally one expects to get a steady flow of sightings especially at the start and during the time that active investigations are ongoing. Why is this? Is it because people have given up as they assume the worst case scenario or because they are just fed up with all the who-har surrounding the Parents and their attitude to the society who are trying to help. Constantly issuing writs and suing for damages, on the back of the alleged abduction of a small child, does little to endear them to the public.
We are of the opinion that the Portuguese Police should have taken action against the McCann parents at the time they left their three children unprotected. Perhaps then they would be more grateful for the fantastic and un-paralleled support they have been given by the Government and the other various services involved in the search.
There are still many questions left unanswered, especially those asked by the Portuguse Police of certain Arguidos shortly after the incident. Bring back Detective Amaral and let him conclude the case he was handling so efficiently, until there was interference from higher authority.