1.Everyone shall possess the right to freely express and publicise his thoughts in words, images or by any other means, as well as the right to inform others, inform himself and be informed without hindrance or discrimination 2.Exercise of the said rights shall not be hindered or limited by any type or form of censorship Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, Article 37.º

Madeleine McCann the TRUTH of the Truth of the Lie...

I have absolutely no idea what the significance will be of the Portuguese Court of Appeal overturning the ban on Goncalo Amaral’s book, “The Truth of the Lie”, a ban successfully effected by court action brought by the ever litigious Kate and Gerry McCann.

Then again, I never understood how or why the Injunction was granted in the FIRST place. After all, Amaral’s book was effectively no more than a synopsis of some of the key investigation points carried out by the Portuguese Authorities, information which was, (and still is), already in the public domain.

In my own country, (here in the UK), there is currently NO news of the lifting of the ban. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the BRITISH media to report the matter, and then even more interesting to see which newspaper first chalks it up as a scandalous victory for the “disgraced former Maddie Cop”.

For herein lies the rub. Ostensibly, this little procedure in a Portuguese Court is fairly inconsequential in relation to the material that was the subject of the ban in the first place. For the book was, and still is, freely available online, in many languages.

But it is a HUGE victory, (not just for Amaral who was ALSO facing the consequences of losing his HOME to another action been brought by the McCanns), but for the Portuguese authorities, the Police, their press, and most of all, their PEOPLE.

Whatever happened to Madeleine McCann in May of 2007 may forever be a mystery. Whatever crimes took place may never be solved. But the crimes that have since been perpetrated against PORTUGAL, the country with whom the UK has held one of the longest alliances in the World, must not only be solved, but atoned for. Not least, the crimes perpetrated against it by its own Government, or at least factions of it.

Rumours of political skulduggery and interference have been circulating in Portugal pretty much since Madeleine was first reported missing. Key decisions, both in the case itself and on how it was conducted, can be traced back to direct interference from UK Government Ministers, including the then Premier, (and fellow former Glaswegian), Gordon Brown. Reports of spooks, British Intelligence, and senior Special Branch officer’s presence and involvement have been recorded in the Portuguese press since the early days of the enquiry.

Even Portuguese judges dealing with the investigation and court proceedings in the early stages would appear to have acted completely out of character and seemingly against the legal Statutes, procedures and practises that govern them, (especially where Kate and Gerry McCann were allowed to flee Portugal, 72 Hours after having asserted they would never leave Portugal without their daughter, and a mere 48 hours after being made Arguidos).

Such BRITISH influence and involvement can NOT have occurred without the complicity, (and DUPLICITY), of at least some senior Portuguese Office.

Whatever deal was struck, I hope the Office thinks it was worth it.

It would not be the first time, of course, that a Nation has been let down by its Government. However, such occasions generally benefit from a judicious, fearless, accurate and observant PRESS, bringing to the attention to the rest of the world the injustice and deceit that is ensuing. If the Portuguese had hoped that their oldest allies, the BRITISH, would use their Press to highlight their cause, then they were about to be disappointed.

I have recorded elsewhere the catalogue of journals, newspapers, television documentaries, news programmes, British Government Ministers, ‘B’ list Celebrities, Gossip Columnists and bulletins that have all not only perpetrated and propagated the ABDUCTION story, but have ridiculed, abused and vilified the Portuguese people in the process.

Up Yours, Senor”, “Useless Porto Plod” and “keep your stupid, sardine munching mouth shut”, were just some of the more fragrant lines written by the UK’s finest scribes.

Pigs” and “Filth”, were how one Tabloid luminary described the Portuguese Police.

Bumpkins” was how he referred to the Portuguese people of the area where Madeleine went missing. Presumably he meant those who took time off from their work places and normal lives to search the ground, for HOURS, on their hands on knees, looking for clues as to the little girl’s whereabouts.

Just in case there was any doubts as to the integrity or calibre of the Portuguese people, Piers Merchant, assistant to Member of the European Parliament Roger Knapmann, clarified the situation regarding the British perspective on our oldest ally.

In November 2007, I wrote a letter to the former leader and Home Secretary of the UK Conservative Party, Michael Howard. In the letter, I explained that I was concerned that conflict and potentially irreparable damage was being caused between the two countries concerned, Britain and Portugal, much of which appears to have been caused by the Press and Government of this country. I further questioned the use of the British Government Media Monitoring Unit Director, Clarence Mitchell, as not only a spokesman but as an apparent MENTOR of sorts; resigning from his Government job and allying himself with the McCann's when they were made Arguidos. I suggested this to be somewhat an unprecedented and unusual state of affairs.

I also explained my concerns that Gordon Brown had not only personally intervened in the case by persuading the Portuguese authorities to permit the McCann's to make an appeal for information concerning the 'abductor', as 'witnessed' by Jane Tanner, (even though the Portuguese placed NO significance or, more likely, credibility in this sighting'), but that some factions of the credible Portuguese Press were suggesting that Government Pressure was being brought to bear on the case.

Certainly, I considered it inappropriate and unusual for Gordon Brown to have made the personal communications and offered the assistance that he did to the McCann's.

Clarence Mitchell himself had already confirmed that he, via the Prime Minister, had been instrumental in not only co-ordinating the visit to the Vatican, but also visits to other world leaders and dignitaries. My letter concluded that I felt it essential that the Prime Minister clarified his position and involvement with regards to the McCann's case.

The response I received was a standard, if not unexpected one, advising me that the letter would be forwarded to the Prime Minister for his comments, which would be communicated to me if and when he made them. (He never did).

I published my original letter on an Internet Forum, inviting any like minded individuals to either use it as a template or to modify it for their own purposes and forward it to their own local, Members of Parliament. A lady from Bristol did just that, and the response that it elicited made headline news, both here and in Portugal.
Piers Merchant wrote an astonishing and lengthy response that firstly warned the author to be 'careful' of what she writes, referring to the laws of Libel. It then went on to state, somewhat pompously, that

'‘One of the first duties of the British government is to support its citizens abroad. It is therefore entirely correct that the government should do this in the case of Kate and Gerry McCann".

He then sensationally declared,

'The Portuguese police and judicial system is known to be suspect. Elements of the police are corrupt and indeed in this case the senior detective involved has been charged with corruption? "

He continues;

''The Portuguese judicial system does not assume innocence before guilt in the way the British system does and operates an interrogatory process in which people are denounced as suspects without any proof?."

Merchant explains why this shocking state of affairs is so:

"It is important to realise that Portugal has no real history of citizen's rights and liberties or democracy. From the 1920s to the mid 1970's Portugal was ruled by a fascist dictatorship, first under Salazar and then Caetano. Political opposition was repressed and the police and judicial system was used to achieve this. A stable multi-party democracy only came into existence in the late 1970's and is still very young. Many of the police were trained under fascism and the institutions still bear the impact of this long period of dictatorship".

The letter concludes by stating,

''In all the circumstances it is entirely right that British citizens should be protected against an unreliable foreign system. In any event I think you can rest assured that the British police and intelligence services have long had a better grip on the facts of this case than the Portuguese police".

Merchant later tried to deny that he had written this, protesting that his letter had been ‘altered’. However, I STILL have the original source file, and can assert that it is entirely as it was created. Additionally, he refused an invitation to submit his WEB based email system to cursory examination.

Some three years after this particular response, I am still intrigued as to how much of that inexplicable retort was Merchant’s own work, and whether he genuinely wrote it of his own volition.

Piers Merchant died, in September 2009, taking the answers with him.

So today, Tuesday the 19th October, 2010, IS a victory for Portugal.

It is a victory for the Policia Judiciaria, who conducted themselves throughout with professionalism and determination, despite the horrendous, abusive labels and accusations of incompetence, (completely unfounded), which still plague them to this day. Their ‘crime’?. To assert that Madeleine McCann is dead and that her parents are at least complicit in her disappearance. Presumably for reasons of space, the same newspapers were unable to repeat and reserve the same criticisms for the BRITISH factions who shared that self-same opinion:

a/The Leicestershire Police Constabulary who, (according to PJ files), were instrumental in proposing that Maddie had died at the apartment. Clearly they saw no point, either, in lambasting:

b/The specialist South Yorkshire Police ‘enhanced victim recovery dogs’, Eddie & Keela, instrumental in solving DOZENS of cases across 17 Police Forces across the UK, who signalled the scent of Cadavarine and other body fluids, in the McCanns apartment and in a vehicle hired by the McCanns, as well as on other personal items belonging to the McCanns.

c/So too, the Birmingham Forensic Science Services, (who have built a “global reputation for excellence in forensic solutions”), who, according to many sources, including SKY NEWS, reported that DNA extracted from a sample taken from the McCanns Hire Car was a “100% MATCH” to Madeleine McCann.

For whatever reasons, these 3 facets of the investigation, the Leicestershire Police, The specialist dogs and the Birmingham FSS results all made obvious significant contributions to the Portuguese Authorities conclusions regarding the case, yet they have thus far avoided the same derogatory attention afforded to them.

BUT most of all, it is a VICTORY for the Portuguese PEOPLE. Those who gave their time, energy, money, resources and heartfelt support, love and wishes to a “nice” British couple in their quest to find their missing daughter. Those whose lives were blighted, (and some who still ARE), and turned upside down by a tidal wave of media vileness , together with a Government who abandoned them and stood by while this character assassination on a NATIONAL level unfolded.

It is for THEM, that this little bit of Court decision making will go a little way towards restoring their faith in the Democracy, spirit and traditional values of their homeland.

As for the McCanns themselves? Who knows? It may well be that they will manage to overturn, yet again this current state of affairs. No doubt they will embark on ANOTHER course of legal action, certainly against Amaral and possibly someone else as well as, no doubt, several Newspapers, Media Outlets or anyone else who repeats the Books' words.

Some might suggest that they will NEED to.

For they have spent MILLIONS of pounds in donations, pledges and personal backing, in convincing the world that Madeleine McCann was abducted; Either by one of several infamous characters as described by Jane Tanner, or by one of the MANY bizarre, colourful and ludicrous suspects that inhabit various corners of the globe as reported widely in the British Press, (courtesy of the McCanns own private police force, Metodo 3 and Clarence Mitchell).

Or by one of the many faceless, nameless and shameless paedophiles that apparently walk the streets of every Portuguese village, (courtesy of a seemingly innumerable number of High Ranking British ‘EX’ Police Officers/Experts, some of which have financially benefited quite nicely from the McCann Gravy Train) .

And that kind of "LOOKING FOR MADDIE" doesn’t come cheap.

But, as has always been the case in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, there are more QUESTIONS than answers. And as I have been wont to say on more than one occasion, unless those questions are firstly ASKED, they can never be answered.

And today, in a Court room in Lisbon, at least the asking has started again...................

God bless Madeleine Beth McCann, wherever you are.................

Guest author: Spudgun at Spudguns' Spoutings
Journalist & Film Maker
United Kingdom
Original link & publishing date 19.10.2010


  1. Gonçalo Amaral is going to be on TVI now! Tune in to TVI, "Você na tv" programme with Manuel Luís Goucha! It's going on air in a few minutes(it's now 12.30)!
    Don't miss it!

  2. Very eloquently stated. I have just read a masterpiece. It sums it all up very well. Indeed it says it all. Up yours Sir!

    :j Bootleg

  3. To Anon 1

    Was it here? http://www.tvi.iol.pt/mediacenter.html?mul_id=1

    I tried. I seemed to be on the right URL but screen would not load. I waited. Waited. To no avail.

    I guess we have to rely again on our overworked Star Joana to show it here. Joana...pureeese!... when you have the time darling... :g :g :g

  4. It is very heartening to hear again from Spudgun, after all this time. Excellent article. Thank you.

  5. What a great article and clearly revealing the disgraceful interference on behalf of the spinning McCanns and their pals by those in authority.

    NEVER, NEVER, should a Government have got itself involved in a criminal case like this and simply believed what the McCanns were telling them which clearly flew in the face of what the investigators were discovering.

    The idiots in the UK Government may now have learnt a lesson, but how much distress and suffering has been inflicted on entirely innocent people who were simply caught up in the lying spin which was maintained from the outset.

    Let us hope this is the beginning of the end of the brainwashing of the UK public as to the abduction fairy story, and an end to that Fund of the McCanns they have been running with no proof whatsoever that Madeleine ever left that holiday apartment alive.

  6. How sad that the people employed by the British rags as 'journalists' are not remotely in the same class as the author of this piece.
    I have just sent it to that stupid pro McCann woman at the Sun suggesting she reads and learns from it.

  7. "Você na TV"?

    Sempre fui avisada por gregos e troianos que a palavra "você"é absolutamente insultante em Portugal.
    Quanto a isto, estou sempre levando o português em consideração, com medo de ofendê-lo.
    E, de repente, aparece um programa usando esta palavra?
    Os McCanns bolaram o nome do programa?

  8. Excellent article by Spudgun, BRAVO!

    I had not heard/read about that unbelievable response from Piers Merchant, don't even know who he was. From what I could read here that man was a DISGRACE!

    Is the complete response anywhere online? I would like to read it in full.

    Thank you Spudgun and Joana!

  9. Joana, this is such brilliant news - it wont be long now before the British public are fully aware of the duplicity of this case, a victory for freedom of speech and common sense at last. Thank you for your tireless work bravo - I am so happy.

  10. To Joana at 4

    You remind us of that Indian Goddess with a thousand hands.
    You are a darling!

    :g Madame Duarte de Bovary

    You couldn't translate it into French, non? :o

  11. Spudgun
    The real Madeleine"s case has started

  12. Was it to protect Gordon Brown and his cronies that the information that was given early on to the authorities about the McCann case had to be kept under wraps?

    This hidden information was officially said to be able to seriously damage relations between UK and Portugal if it was revealed.

    If so, this is a disgrace if it meant this case could have been solved long ago.

    Meanwhile, so many have been dragged under in order to protect those in Government whilst the McCann characters have been allowed to carry on regardless, extracting millions from the unsuspecting public for their Fund.

    So much for the Freedom of Information Act.

    Here's hoping this information will soon be divulged so we can know exactly why it was thought necessary to conceal it. And that we get the truth and not be fobbed off with a load of diplomatic rubbish.

  13. Kate can’t believe it, we can!! 20 October 2010

    Kate finds it unbelievable that people are allowed to dispute their tale
    And no matter how much they spend on lawyers, its all to no avail
    How dare we plebs question Saint Gerry and Kate
    About all the conflicting stories surrounding Madeleine’s fate

    Gerry’s mind must be very distracted by the dogs closing in
    So do the NHS patients in Leicester still have faith in him?
    By the way, has anybody seen him now the dogs are yapping at his heels?
    Has he hidden himself away to learn how a fugitive feels?

    You can run or jog Gerry but the truth is slowly catching you up
    And shortly you will be run over by Mr Amaral’s book
    When sooner or later there will be a print in English
    And then your time will definitely be up

  14. RIPM at 14...you are a star! Confess! :h

  15. Spudgun,if only your words could reach the British public,but even then there would always be the many ,many "surely your not suggesting the parents would be involved????"camp,as I know from bitter experiance these past 3 years ,but now this news makes me hopeful "there is light at the end of the tunnel" for little Madeline,s justice ,that is too long in coming!!Again Spudgun and of course Joana ,WELL DONE.

  16. Brilliantly written article. Pleasure to read. Thankyou.

    If the McCann's are ever found to be complicit in whatever happened to their daughter, I believe hell will have a special place for them that not even Shipman will be allowed to visit, although some of their so-called friends may to their regret find that they have open invitations.

    I know it's not a nice thing to write but these people disgust me. Sorry!

  17. It is a victory for Portugal. I've always said that I don't care if Britain wants to delude itself with fantasy, what matters to me is that Portugal maintains its integrity. Hopefully, the people in Portugal who facilitated these foreigners in making a mockery of the Portuguese justice system will soon lose their positions of authority.

    Let's not sugar coat it, the people who protected the McCanns played on the prejudices that exist in British society. They were successful, so much so, that many Britons refuse to consider the facts of this case.

    I get RTP international and I haven't seen any mention of this ruling, did I miss it or did RTP not bother with this news?

  18. All the Portuguese TV and Radio channels mentioned, and/or had a feature story on Gonçalo Amaral's book ban overturn and most of the Portuguese printed press, from the regionals to the largest media outlets had, besides the Lusa news agency story, quite good articles like the two which you can read on the post published after this one.

    I'll re-upload two videos that I feel that are the most interesting - one for a general perspective the other for something more. Their quality however is not the best, so I'm going to try to do the same as I did for Paulo Sargento and Hernâni Carvalho flash video [still need to finish that translation], in order to give more quality to the sound and image. It will take some time.

  19. Is it possible this article could be printed in the Portuguese press.

    The facts are stated clearly, and the disgraceful abuse of power by those in authority on behalf of the McCanns is so evident that the Portuguese people need to be made aware of this.

    I doubt it would be possible to do this in the UK at present because of the spinning pro McCann stranglehold on this case that is so evident. If only one of the main media outlets was willing to break rank it would be a different story.

    Hopefully, Dr Amaral will be suing some of them. That would make them wake up to the lies they have been printing. Maybe Clarence and Co are also on the list.

  20. #8,

    É brasileiro/a, certo?
    Não sei quem lhe disse que a palavra "você" é "palavrão" para os portugueses! Não é de todo! Essa palavra é usada sem qualquer conotação negativa. Creio que no Brasil o "você" equivale ao nosso "tu", por exemplo, digo a um amigo ou familiar: -"olá, tu queres vir tomar um café comigo?", no Brasil diria "oi, você quer...". Se no entanto eu falar com alguém que conheço e não faço grande cerimónia, mas com quem não tenho intimidade para tratar por "tu", eu diria "Você quer vir tomar café...".
    No entanto, atenção ao seguinte: - se eu não conheço bem a pessoa, ou estou a falar com ela pela primeira vez, ou é alguém mais velho, ou alguém a quem se deve tratar com particular deferência, então, nesse caso não usaria o "você", mas diria "o Sr." ou "a Sra."(exemplo:"O Sr. gostaria de tomar um café?"). Nesse caso seria uma grosseria usar o você, e, para as pessoas mais idosas, mais antiquadas, educadas numa época de maior rigidez protocolar, de grande distanciamento entre as classes sociais, então seria mesmo considerado indelicado, no mínimo. Lembro-me bem de ouvir muitas vezes na minha infância, pessoas assim, admoestarem alguém a quem consideravam inferior socialmente e que tivera o "atrevimento" de se lhes dirigir usando o "você", desta maneira: "Mais respeito, que eu saiba nunca comemos do mesmo prato!"(significando, não temos intimidade, nem somos iguais, para me tratar por "você).
    É claro que se eu falasse por exemplo, com o Presidente da Républica,nunca usaria o "você", seria pouco educado/apropriado.
    Creio ser esta a razão da sua ideia de que o "você" é insultuoso em Portugal. Deve ser um caso parecido com a palavra "rapariga", que aqui significa somente "mulher jovem" e aí no Brasil creio que é mulher de má vida.
    Ai,ai, em português nos (des)entendemos!

    Peço desculpa a si e também à Joana pelo longo "sermão", que ninguém me encomendou!

    Um abraço português para o outro lado do Atlântico,


  21. The UK press will print nothing against the Maccann's. They are terrified of the Maccann's. Mr Amarals book will never be published in the UK no one will have the guts to print it.

    This couple have the power of Satan, he guides their every move, they will both come to a very bad end, God is slow but sure. Will they pay for the crime they committed in this world, who knows, one thing is certain they will without doubt pay for it in the next. A vile pair it gives you the creeps to look at them, God bless Madelaine Maccann, God help and protect Sean and Amelie, they sure need it.

  22. One of the reasons the UK media will not say anything against the McCanns at present is because they have believed the lying spin put out by Team McCann that Kate and Gerry McCann were found completely innocent of any involvement in the disappearance of Madeleine.

    The McCanns have used the lifting of their 'arguido' status by spinning it to mean something it does not. There has been no trial and the McCanns certainly have not been found innocent.

    Maybe if the McCanns proceed with the libel trial against Dr Amaral the truth of this will become clearer.

    As it also would if the case were to be reopened and the McCanns again had the 'arguido' status back on them.

    The McCanns know they must avoid the reopening of the case at any cost. The 'arguido' status on them a second time wouldn't be so easy to spin away.

    The McCanns should also be aware that the UK media could still turn on them in a second. They are in the business of selling news after all.

    It is not as sewn up in their favour as they think, and the impression given off is that the public are already getting sick of hearing the same old bleat by the McCanns.

  23. The Mirror tabloid where that obnoxious little man Tony Parshole -the one who gave us the 'sardine-munchers' adjectivations and whom in the person of our former Portuguese Ambassador in London launched a xenophobic attack on the Portuguese people; and coincidentally the same place where Lori 'I-Framed-Murat' Campbell worked as a hack for Mitchell, comes with the ever so (un)respectful of the PCC code title: 'Madeleine McCann book by bungling detective Goncalo Amaral back on the shelves'

    It seems they need to learn a lesson or two in journalism deontology - please take 2 minutes and write a complaint online to the Press Complaints Commission for yet another abusive breach of the journalistic code by the Mirror group as stated here:



    i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.

    ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and - where appropriate - an apology published.

    iii) The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.

    iv) A publication must report fairly and accurately the outcome of an action for defamation to which it has been a party, unless an agreed settlement states otherwise, or an agreed statement is published.

    Remember to add the above Mirror article link.

    And if that fails, there is always the Independent Governance Review
    Press Complaints Commission to make a further complaint against the inactions of the PCC at:

    Vivien Hepworth
    Independent Governance Review
    Press Complaints Commission
    Halton House
    20-23 Holborn
    London EC1N 2JD

    Or by e-mail to governancereview@pcc.org.uk

    The UK media will not continue to take the piss out of the Portuguese people, of Mr. Amaral without impunity.

    Thank you to all that will take action.

  24. In the 'old' days - Britain was defined by the likes of Admiral Lord Nelson, Winston Churchill and various others who stood up against tyranny and opression.

    Today - Britain is defined by the England Football team - greedy and lazy plus the winner of the x factor. The media in the UK is not at all interested in fairness or truth - only in how to sell their trash to the mob.

    In an era where the British people - and many of the Europeans as well - are facing unprecendented cuts in Government spending - who reckons that he is not paid enough? Rooney! It is sad and pathetic and I only worry that the youth will become disallussioned. My own son is serving in the army - and one day will have to put his life on the line so that Wayne rooney and the rest are kept safe in their mansions.

    Re the Mccanns - everything that needs to be said about these two has been said already. However, not enough has been said about the British Government's disgraceful intervention at the detriment of the Portuguese people.

    I was lucky enough to spend many holidays in the algarve when I was growing up and unlucky enough to have to go through the pain of losing my brother in the algarve to the ruthless, selfish people who killed him whilst he was on holiday - not Portuguese people - ENGLISH people!

    The very same police force that dealt with the Mccann couple have also rounded up these yobs.

    My family are grateful to the Portuguese police for their endeavour and sensitivity. My brother died in September 2005 - quite a while before little Maddie went missing. I have therefore followed with interest the reports about the 'incompetent' police force.

    There is no such thing as justice - so I do not expect it for either Maddie or the Portuguese Police - however, I have a feeling that the Mccanns may well have to slink further from view - which will be a victory of sorts.

    we can but hope

  25. I have emailed The Independent Governance Review
    Press Complaints Commission as you suggested Joana
    I would urge others to do the same.
    Rubbish like Parsons and his ilk must be brought to book.

  26. #25,

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

  27. Dear No 27 - Thank you for you comments. I have just returned from playing in his memorial golf day - I lost! We play it each year and all his friends come along - we were blessed with beautiful weather as well!

  28. Obrigada dear Joana @24. Email written and sent.

    I also urge people not to just sit pulling faces and grumbling about the atrocious UK media but to put fingers to keyboard/pen to paper and make sure our voices are heard. Strength in unity!

    And, while I'm here, I owe the BIGGEST thank you to you and your team for the incredible volume of work you turn out in this blog, especially translating and sharing the news from Portugal. Your hard work is more than just much appreciated, it is invaluable! Beijinhos xxx

  29. yours is too querida Jilly, you're the best 'forumthecary' and then so much more than that... :g beijinhos e muito obrigada for everything, in particular for our friendship :g :t :t :t :t

    ps. fixed the flower finally!

  30. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/tony-parsons-punch-drunk-love-1984398.html

    Not Tony (Clint the speed freak)Parsons...

    On holiday in St Lucia with his Japanese wife and their young daughter, Tony Parsons became increasingly frustrated by a loud conversation at the next table. A bunch of lads were describing in explicit detail their latest conquests. It was not the kind of thing that a father wants his child to hear. The outraged Englishman's usual weaponry – glares and outraged silence – proved impotent. So the pugilistic journalist did something he now regrets. He got up, jutted his face into theirs and shouted: "If you don't shut your mouths I will shut them for you." He tells the story omitting the expletives, which, he admits, "were worse than anything they had used". He squirms in his seat, as if trying to twist himself out of sight. "I am no Clint Eastwood. I am too old to go rolling into the seafood buffet."

    The 56-year-old, who once thought chopping out lines of speed for a bemused Debbie Harry on a restaurant table the height of sophistication – "I was the David Niven of punk," he quips – looks embarrassed. He looks around for a waiter, avoiding my eye.

  31. Joana @ 24 "obnoxious little man Tony Parshole"


    It is uncanny that the Man-gina that is permanently attached to the head of the pink ponce reminds me of Parshole!

  32. Spudgun - thank you first class journalism.

  33. It is so good to read articles and comments from people who do not believe the McCanns' story. I doubt that those responsible will ever be brought to justice because of their friends in high places but I am grateful to be able to communicate with people who feel as I do, rather than being at the receiving end of tirades of foul abuse from members of the Bleeding Hearts McCann Fan Club.

  34. Joana,complaint to Press Complaints Commission now sent,it is so good to have someone like you to "point me in the right direction"as I have zilch backup from my own family,even last evening my husband said ,so your accusing the parents of murdering their daughter!!!!!Ihave never,ever,said that ,but I do believe they know where she "is".All I have ever wanted is ,obviously ,for this little girl never to have gone missing in the first place ,but,I still can,t understand why they have never been charged with child neglect during that "holiday" along with the other parents,or are my family right to accuse me of being plain vindictive to parents who have "lost"their little girl????

  35. LYNN the ammount of times i have heard "so your accusing them of murder are you", the sooner the Amarals book is translated into English the quicker the uneducated one's realise that no-one is accusing anyone of murder, ACCIDENTAL DEATH maybe murder NO.

    It seems anyone defending the mccanns uses the same line everytime wether on YT or other blogs defending them.

    Even yesterday i was talking with someone about what a joyous moment it was that Mr Amaral's book ban had been overturned, he looked at me in ammazment and said 'why? do you think they murdered her? errrrmmmmmmm did i say that? it's certainly the one and only line i have heard more than most, personally it's pathetic.

    I personally don't blame anyone for thinking this way, it's what has been force fed down there throats for the past 3yrs,

    As i have said before the sooner the book is available for all to read the better..


  36. Maybe what ever happened to Madeleine was more like that 'moment of madness, an accident' that Gerry refers to.

    It may have been 'a moment of madness' and somebody may have even convinced themselves it was an accident, yet it only takes a second to form the intent to kill and to follow through with it, and then it becomes murder.

    It would be for the defence to prove otherwise.

  37. Thank you poster 36,I can even remember when Kate Macaan was asked to speak for the BBC,s religious program on Mothering Sunday,being the only person in my circle of family and friends to find their choice of "mother" mind blowing ,and when I said I,d actually complained to the BBC ,I was almost convinced ,by them thatI was taking it completly out of context!!!BUT -I will continue to hope ,people like you and I with the dedication of people like Joana ,can and will ,one day see justice for a little girl ,who without doubt was left baby sitting herself and her even younger siblings while their mummy and daddy wined and dined with their friends!!!after all it was their time to relax after a hard day playing tennis and jogging !PS as a mum of 4,and grandma to 12 wonderful grandchildren, I actually do feel,where children are concerned,their needs should always come before ours,IMO !!!!

  38. Lilly said....
    Anon 25. vary sad about your brother, sincere condolances!! everything you have written in your post is true, but what I have to say is that our Government with their demands, bullying and interferance with this case at the time, the Portuguese Government should have shoulder some of the blame, simply for doing exactly what our Government demanded of them, they should have stood up to them.
    This week maybe they have.... I pray so, I really do.

  39. #37
    Remember Gerry said "we found her"....more likely that it was an accident while they were out. How an accident ended up with blood on the wall is hard to figure out.

    A very distressed child, or twin children, would cry and scream for over an hour. Something happened on the night those children were crying.

    In a moment of madness you neglect, misjudge and leave your children at home alone. The other couples tried to help resuscitate the child on that night already.

    On the faked abduction night....i read somewhere that, when Dianne Webster was asked where the rest of the table was, she said something to the effect "oh, they are just up to their things AGAIN".

    Once again.....there was knowledge of the 'disappearance' of Madeleine way before 10pm. Remember the executive of the restaurant was witness to the fact that the majority had left the table at 9:20pm already...

    The one thing I think Goncalo is wrong about is that the accident happened on the evening of 3rd May. The cadaverine odour needs longer to set, 2 hours apparently. She was not beside the pool that afternoon....look at Gerry's face in that photo (the last photo - hahaha....where she looks totally different from the tennis court photo)...he looks like a very worried and stressed man that has just been under huge pressure, he looks a mess, like a man with a dead child and in preparation for faking an abduction. He does not look like a man relaxing by the pool, or one who has been playing tennis for 4 days. (This photo could also have been taken of him on the first day...match his clothes to the clothes on the bus...???...maybe he has not changed into holiday clothes yet....just leaving UK, still in hard work mode....anyway...he looks like a very worried man)

    Happening that night, gave them enough time to send texts and make phone calls....(later deleted) to find a safe intermediate house....with fridge....

    Ask the Paraiso employees whether they saw Gerry with Maddie on the 3rd.......no he was swinging another child around and around on the CCTV camera. Maddie was never caught on that camera....

    Why did David Payne go up to see if Kate was OK....because Kate was with her twins in an apartment with her dead child....Gerry played tennis...if he had rescheduled/cancelled his tennis, it would have given the game away at a later date.

    There are 9 people that know a lot more than they are telling....whichever way you slice it or dice it....


  40. #23
    What the press will and won't write is all about whether they will garner or lose readers.

    If xenophobia keeps their readers then that is the angle they will take.

    If selling the innocence of a pretty, blond women, who is photogenic, and selling the dramatic: abduction of a beautiful blond female innocent child garners readers...they will keep doing this for as long as they can.

    When there are big headlines to the contrary, like a trial, they will easily sell that, but until then they dip into the chocolate fondue of titivating delight....and hold on to their readers.

  41. Agreed Anon 41

    That is why if this case gets reopened as a murder investigation, with Gaspar statements and all thrown in, (which it ought to have been when the dogs alerted to cadaver scent), the media will be falling over themselves to get the story.

    There would be many more 'arguidos' around then, including the McCanns.

    To let the death of Madeleine go as a likely accident does not do justice to the truth. The McCanns could easily have covered an 'accident'. Something worse, would not have been so easy.

    Maybe then, people will also start searching for a dead Madeleine, instead of all the time wasted searching for her as a living child.

  42. Jo, your indominitable spirit, passion and avarice for the truth are what has served to perpetuate and maintain so many people's resolve and determination to seek Justice in this case, my own included, at times.

    For that I, (and perhaps one day, Madeleiene McCann), will be truly grateful.

    Much love, Tiocfaidh ár lá

    Spud xxx

  43. Whoever it was that contacted UK Government authorities about the McCann case was said to be somebody close to the McCanns.

    Whatever was told at that time had to be kept under wraps because it would cause serious harm for relations between UK and Portugal. That is the reason they are using for not revealing it. Bus is that the truth? Or is it under wraps so as to protect somebody high in Government who had got too close to the McCanns, who subsequently turned out to be suspects, and never should have.

    The person who came forward with the information has said that if ever the information was to be revealed they would refuse to say any more about it.

    In that case that person should be careful because they may end up with being charged with obstructing justice, just as the UK Government is obstructing justice if they know what happened to Madeleine and for whatever reasons are not telling.

    Meanwhile there has been terrible suffering inflicted on totally innocent people. This secret information should be revealed and hopefully it will be soon.

  44. Wow! Thankyou for this eloquent piece of information.

  45. The whole business makes me sad. The most troubling points - Why did Kate McCann point blank refuse to answer 50 questions asked by the Portugese police? People do not behave like this if they have nothing to hide and are distraught by grief - medical training notwithstanding. Secondly - the behaviour of the cadaver dogs who have no agenda and behave as trained. If the McCanns are covering up an accident happending to Maddie how do they sleep at night?


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