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by all accounts the hotel service they refused was pretty much the same as what they were doing themselves, a member of staff would check on them every half hour. The fact that the hotel has such a service indicates that they are hardly the first couple to leave their kids unattended at the hotel. Anyway all that seems besides the point just now.

The huge amount of public and media attention has been quite suprising. It's one of these cases, which are becomming more and more common, where it feels like everyone must display a high level of sadness or be shunned.

I read the other day that the amount of money put up by celebrities has already passed the annual budget of the missing childrens helpline which constantly does what everyone is hoping to see with Madeline McCann, reunite a lost child with her parents. Surely Wayne Rooney's and J K Rowling's money could be put ot better use?

Seeing people on vrious television shows wearing these yellow ribbons only makes me think that they are jumping on a media bandwagon rather than raising awareness. If there is anyone left in the UK who doesn't know about Madeline McCann I'd be suprised.

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The most annoying thing about this is had Madeleine's parents not been middle class and doctors, but instead a single female parent leaving her kids for a night on the lash - THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN MEDIA UPROAR.

People leave kids unattended all the time, and like someone said standards are relaxed on holiday. I'm no parent, but I'd never leave a fucking three year old on her own.. maybe a seven year old or something. And they've got younger twins aswell haven't they!?

Like I say, its only because they're doctors.

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Maddie

What are peoples thoughts? does anyone have hope of her safe return or has yet another sick bastard claimed another victim. the portuguese police seemed to be clueless

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The irony of this whole thing is that the absolutely stupid scale of this 'search', and the global media frenzy, will have done nothing but to make the kidnappers panic and act irrationally. As has already been mentioned, it would have only lasted a few days in the media cycle if 'madee' was a working class kid. Much like the Sherridan sex scandals of last year, it's been whipped up for far too long, and is starting to grate at my patience.

This might sound totally stupid to some people but the best thing they could have offered, instead of millions of pounds worth of bounty, would have been to garuntee amnesty for the kidnappers, perhaps with counselling or something, because at least there'd actually be a decent chance in seeing her safe return.

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The irony of this whole thing is that the absolutely stupid scale of this 'search', and the global media frenzy, will have done nothing but to make the kidnappers panic and act irrationally. As has already been mentioned, it would have only lasted a few days in the media cycle if 'madee' was a working class kid. Much like the Sherridan sex scandals of last year, it's been whipped up for far too long, and is starting to grate at my patience.

The worst thing is how at ease the McCann's now seem to be with the media - all the publicity stunts, such as the wearing of ribbons in the mother's hair is just sickening. I also suspect that the trust fund they set up is more to cater to the parents needs than "Maddie's" - after all, lawyers don't come cheap if you're using them to keep your name constantly in the spotlight.

What doesn't surprise me is that not once have the McCann's said that they made a mistake in leaving her alone - which is breathtakingly arrogant if nothing else.

I also notice that they are now "devout catholics" - when before, little was said about their religion. If they were as devout as they say, surely the media would've picked up on it before now? Again, just seems to be shameless publicity seeking.

I feel sorry for the guy who was plastered all over the media yesterday, who appears to have been named and shamed despite no evidence actually linking him with the crime. His life will be ruined, and I suspect the McCann's won't have an ounce of sympathy for him once his name gets cleared.

On the "official website", there's a blog which gives a fascinating insight into their mindset - particularly the part where they're planning each day in advance. It seems pretty obvious that the media has been manipulated by the McCann's - and I suspect once they stop being of interest, we'll start seeing more and more blatant publicity seeking from them.

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After recently becoming a father myself, I find the concept of leaving kids alone in a hotel room abroad whilst the parents eat in a restaurant slightly strange. I saw folk being interviewed on the news the other day talking as if it was the most natural thing in the world to do and perhaps it used to be, but given the high profile of the paedophile networks these days, you would think folk would be less naive. Maybe it's just the way I think but my son wouldn't be left alone, sleeping or not.

Agreed. I'm not a parent myself, but common sense intervenes. You are right enough about paedophile rings etc and child abductions, however, on a more simple note, the McCanns also left a set of very young twins sleeping. It takes less than 3 minutes for a two year old to choke. Children of that age need to have a constant eye on them, they require constant care. I admit it may be easy to get carried away and have your inhibitions lowered by a holiday atmosphere, but these people are meant to be intelligent.

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Guest Jake Wifebeater
let's face it, she's as good as dead.

Correct, and there go the 15 minutes of fame when the body is found.

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Sadly I agree. If the parents put 5% of the effort they've put into this OTT campaign (meeting the pope... wtf?) into looking after their children then she wouldn't be missing in the first place.

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Sadly I agree. If the parents put 5% of the effort they've put into this OTT campaign (meeting the pope... wtf?) into looking after their children then she wouldn't be missing in the first place.

Agree 100% meeting the Pope was the final straw for me, it's the closest I've ever come to shouting at the telly outwith football. Compare this with Ben Needham's mum, who you might have seen on the box recently (only briefly, she's not a media whore like that hatchet-faced bourgeois Kate McCann muppet). Her son's been missing for 16 years now, and she's still searching for him, but doing it quietly and with something that the McCann's lost a long time ago, dignity.

I am beginning to detest Kate McCann with a passion and I don't give a shit if that's acceptable or not. I hope her other two get taken into care on principle. Using the disappearance of your own child to try and become a celebrity is fucking disgusting.

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blimey i'd forgotten about ben needham!!! info here from wiki.... Disappearance of Ben Needham - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

i am absolutely appaled the way this case has turned into a media circus and like jake i too am beginning to hate Kate McCann with a passion. going to see the pope? wtf!!! sadly the child is probably dead thats the reality of it or it could be another ben needham case.

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whats sickening is all the band wagon jumping by the no bodys on myspace with her picture on their profile feebaly trying to make themselves see like they give a shit. None of you actually care you just want to look cool.

As for the family i dont blame it all on them, the british media has a great way of overblowing everything so long as its to do with one of our own people. I doubt they will find her now, i dearly hope they do but i just dont believe it now.

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whats sickening is all the band wagon jumping by the no bodys on myspace with her picture on their profile feebaly trying to make themselves see like they give a shit. None of you actually care you just want to look cool.

true dat. people are so brain-dead that they are willing to even pretend that it is in some way beneficial to have her face plastered up on their myspace profiles. as if this little girl deserves any more sympathy than the millions of children who meet similar or worse fates every year.

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Up until I was into my teens I was never left without some sort of supervision - this is even considering the crime level of the area I grew up in was zip. If my parents went out to dinner a family friend came to babysit. If my parents were out for a full day my brother and I would either go to a friends or someone would come round. I could only play in the fields within site of my house and I could only cycle as far up the road as the view from our upstairs window would allow. It remained that way until my older brother (3 years my senior) was old enough to keep an eye out for me.

When I was very young I slept with my door open and my parents slept with their door open - they were across the hall - so they could hear anything going on in my brother's room or my own. To me... that's all normal. My parents weren't particularly OTT, they just took sensible measures to make sure they knew where we were and that we were safe at all times (as I assume any parent would).

The idea of leaving such a small infant alone is insanity in my eyes. I just can't understand it.

i was left alone from about the age 12 when my folks went out, was allowed to play where i thought was safe ect, same as my friends, nothing ever happened to us, but then this is a different age now.

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My Mrs was saying that things like this happen all the time in the Phillipines. The difference is that they can't even afford a flight to go and visit the Pope.

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My Mrs was saying that things like this happen all the time in the Phillipines. The difference is that they can't even afford a flight to go and visit the Pope.

Interestingly, someone claimed on the BBC news website that Kate McCann disrespected the Pope by not covering her head. Anyone here know if that's true?

The fact that the McCann's are still happy to leave their kids with other people while they swan off doing their own thing is absolutely shocking though - and just shows that they're rather enjoying all the publicity. I could respect them if they made a point of going round Europe, raising awareness of kids going missing and pushing for stronger links between countries - but what they're doing is nothing short of publicity hungry nonsense.

Found an absolutely priceless comment on there, though...

The thing that I feel should be addressed is the amount of registered sex offender being allowed out of the UK on holiday.

I don't agree that registered sex offenders should be allowed out of of the country to go to peadophile resorts, to pray on vulnerable children.

Part of sex offenders punishment should that they loose their passports.

Paedophile resorts? :laughing:

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You can speculate, but you're only reading what the media is throwing at you.

I find it hard to believe that the girls family are actually publicity seeking monsters o_O

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You can speculate, but you're only reading what the media is throwing at you.

I find it hard to believe that the girls family are actually publicity seeking monsters o_O

Well, if they weren't interested in the publicity, wouldn't they have made a public appeal to simply be left alone? And let's not forget the endless media whoring, such as giving press conferences and releasing statements - if they weren't interested in the publicity, would they do such a thing? And let's not forget the plans to tour round Europe - again, if they weren't interested in the publicity, why would they bother leaving Portugal?

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Well, if they weren't interested in the publicity, wouldn't they have made a public appeal to simply be left alone? And let's not forget the endless media whoring, such as giving press conferences and releasing statements - if they weren't interested in the publicity, would they do such a thing? And let's not forget the plans to tour round Europe - again, if they weren't interested in the publicity, why would they bother leaving Portugal?

I'm not disagreeing with you man... they haven't handled it perfectly, and visiting the Pope wouldn't be on my list of priorities, but if I unquestionabley believed in some allmighty God, I'd definately be doing all I could to get through to him.

It's easy enough to make a journey around a part of the world sound kinda fun by using phrases like 'the plans to tour around Europe', but they are after all searching for their daughter, or at very least closure.

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