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The explicit racism in the media coverage of Madeleine McCann

Don't go to Portugal for your holiday
By Simon Heffer

I think it is time that the British people showed yet more solidarity with Gerry and Kate McCann, who have been named by the Portuguese police as the main suspects in the presumed murder of their daughter. If the McCanns killed Madeleine, then I am Barack Obama.

The utterly useless Portuguese police have nowhere else to go, because their initial bungling of the investigation has robbed them of vital clues. It is deeply unpleasant of them to try to scapegoat the child's grieving parents to try to concoct for themselves an impression of competence.

Portugal has revealed itself to be little more than a banana republic through the handling of this case. Whether you have small children or not, you would be mad even to think of having a holiday there.


Simon Heffer according to Wikipedia :

Heffer is politically on the right, being very critical of the European Union and New Labour, whilst being supportive of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Heffer opposes almost all government intervention in the Economy and is against any national minimum wage. He also supports the death penalty. Culturally, however, he is of the Americosceptic Old Right rather than the pro-American Neoconservative/New Right, as can be seen through his criticism of the "hideous pop music" liked by David Cameron. He has also written with pungency about the decline of tie-wearing among British men. Perhaps surprisingly, in the mid-1990s he was generally supportive of New Labour, due to his dissatisfaction with John Major and the Conservative Party at the time. Recently Heffer has written sympathetically of United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and Nigel Farage. However, he has also described himself as a Glastonian liberal.

Heffer believes that Christianity should have a strong role in shaping both the moral foundation of society and public policy, although he is an atheist.

When the Home Office put Heffer on its Law and Order Task Force, left-wing politicians were concerned about the direction that criminal law reform might take, with human rights lawyer Baroness Kennedy saying that the government "had not just lost the plot but was handing the plotting over to their most feared critics."

In 2004, Heffer wrote the unsigned editorial in The Spectator critical of Liverpudlian "vicarious victimhood", for which Boris Johnson was forced to apologize to the city.

In 2006, Heffer sharply criticised the film The Wind That Shakes The Barley, a movie by director Ken Loach about the Irish War of Independence despite not having watched it.

In 2008, Heffer called for the United Nations to be strengthened, stating that: "If the UN ceases to be regarded by the larger powers as a institution to secure the peace of the world and justice therein, then that holds out all sorts of potential dangers.



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