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Mr. Brown comes to Town

Mr.Brown comes to town

Much has been said about the influence Gordon Brown had upon the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine Mccann. Certainly the political intervention in this case was something the like of which had never been seen before.

In her diary, Kate McCann wrote:

Wednesday, MAY 23: Gordon Brown (then Chancellor and PM in waiting) called and spoke with Gerry - very kind and giving encouragement.
Feeling a bit emotional afterwards.”

On the 27th May 2007, and with the original source being the Guardian, Brendan de Beer wrote:

Gordon Brown has personally intervened in the search for missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann after her parents became frustrated by the lack of progress in the police investigation.

After a series of telephone conversations with Madeleine's father, Gerry McCann, in recent days, the Chancellor requested assistance from the Foreign Office and the Home Office. He asked that pressure be brought to bear on the Portuguese authorities to allow more information about the inquiry to be made public.

Gerry and his wife, Kate, have been desperate for a description of a man seen carrying what appears to have been a child on 3 May to be made public, but Portuguese police refused for three weeks because of the country's laws, which forbid the details of an investigation being released.

The Observer understands that Brown gave the McCanns an assurance he would do “anything he can” to help. The British embassy duly applied pressure on the Portuguese authorities to find more flexibility in their secrecy laws. British ambassador John Buck visited the Algarve last Thursday. A day later Portuguese police made a U-turn and issued a detailed description of the man, said to be white, 35 to 40, 5ft 10in and of medium build, with hair longer around the neck, wearing a dark jacket, light beige trousers and dark shoes.

Asked whether Brown had influenced the decision, Clarence Mitchell, a Foreign Office spokesman for the McCann family in the Algarve, said: “Draw your own conclusions.” He said in a statement: “I can confirm that telephone conversations have taken place between Gerry McCann and Chancellor Gordon Brown. During them, Mr Brown offered both Gerry and Kate his full support in their efforts to find Madeleine, although details of the conversations will remain private.”

This e-fit was of course the man Jane Tanner saw, that sighting eventually amounted to nothing. I find it very strange the McCanns didn't push the Smith sighting with such vigour, but then from all of Tanners many descriptions, none looked like Gerry.

Clarence Mitchell of course denied that any political pressure was being applied on the investigation. In an interview with the very likeable Sandra Felgueiras, Mitchell was adamant that no political interference was taking place.

A rather odd comment to make considering it was Mitchell himself who was sent by the British Foreign office, and who was directly accused of hindering the police investigation. Carlos Anjos, head of the Portuguese Judiciary Police union said of Mitchell:

“Mr Mitchell wants to discredit the Polícia Judiciária and invent excuses so the McCanns do not come to Portugal to participate in the reconstruction of the night she disappeared.”

“He lies with as many teeth as he has in his mouth. Finally we know what side truth is on.”

As can be seen here, Clarence with his usual smugness, claims that it was him who was responsible for Gordon Brown contacting the McCanns:

Of course here we have a conundrum, as Jill Renwick, a friend of the McCanns, and also one of the first people the couple phoned with the false tale of the “broken” shutters, claims that she asked John Brown, the brother of Gordon to ask the PM in waiting for his help:

“I stopped him (John Brown) in the street the day afterwards and said, 'These are my friends. Do you think you could speak to Gordon about it?' And he said of course. I don't know if anything came about that way.”
                                                                                                                                         in Guardian, June 2, 2007

What was blatantly obvious though was that Gordon Brown was firmly on the side of the McCanns. He made the following statement that said as much:

“Every parent will be sympathising in their hour of need.”

Gonçalo Amaral had this to say about the political intervention:

“I don’t regret what I did, I did it with conviction, I did it to defend the investigation model, what a criminal investigation is supposed to be. Earlier, you spoke about the politically correct, the politically correct policeman. It is my understanding that criminal investigations cannot be politically correct, because they can’t be concerned with politics. And what happened, and continues to happen, is that we have to be politically correct, subordinate to the English power. That happens, it happened on the 2nd of October [of 2007] at the Lisbon Treaty, there were discussions between José Sócrates, then prime minister, and Gordon Brown, the English prime minister, who told the newspapers that he had asked the Portuguese prime minister about the [Maddie] case. So even before that it was already a political case. And when politics intrude into a criminal investigation, nothing will end well, whether the criminal investigation relates to a homicide, a burglary, a disappearance, or corruption.”
                                                                                              in Porto Canal interview, March 14, 2014

Relationships appeared to turn sour though, when in an article published by The Daily Mirror, dated  February 20, 2010  it was reported that:

Kate and Gerry McCann yesterday accused the British Government of hampering the search for their missing daughter. They claim Portuguese cops have leads to Madeleine's disappearance but they have been unable to access them. The couple say despite meetings with Gordon Brown and top UK officials, the three-year investigation has stalled. And they claim red tape is blocking their own inquiries using private detectives. After their successful attempt to maintain a legal ban on publication of a book which claims Madeleine is dead, Gerry, 41, called for a complete review of the case. He said: “There are certainly instances where information we think is very credible and worthy of further investigation has not been actioned.”

It seems Kate and Gerry like to live their lives through the press when it suits, and if you dare not to be bending over backwards for them, they'll let the world know in an attempt to gain yet more sympathy.


  1. Brown was not fit for the office of PM , he should be taken in and questioned too as he is not above the law , recently it was alleged one of his cronies in the previous Government was "alleged" to be seen driving while using his phone , it goes to show what kind of people were running Britain . Its shameful how these people behave .

  2. How the McCann's have the brass neck to blame others for hampering the search beggars believe!!!! And as far as blocking their own inquiries regarding their own private detectives....well,er,um we all know about those don't we??? And what exactly did they find out about their missing child?

    I'm truly exasperated at their bare-faced cheek, and need to take a cold shower, otherwise I'm going to explode.

  3. Later on the McCanns were raging because Brown wouldn't give them the top level meeting they thought they deserved iirc and fobbed them off wirh an aide. Interesting that Blair lobbed them over to Brown in the first place.

  4. Then if they knew Gordon Brown then why saying that they didn´t? Someone is lying- the question is who?



    Excellent deconstruction of stammering Gordon Brown backstage/front stage performances on behalf of the McCanns, with a little help from "Mickey Mouse" Mitchell - his media monitor and since then the McCanns' reputation manager and global media manipulator (via Burson-Marsteller which he directs.)

    :h Enough to give us an idea of the degree of subservience a sovereign nation shows towards a gone by empire. Pathetic really!

    Sue Brunt

    PS "Mickey Mouse" is the nick by which Clarence Mitchell was known among his fellow journos in Britain as a tribute to his vast manipulative skills and immense cunning abilities.

  6. That video clip reminds me of Gerry McCann when asked an awkward question, same here with Mitchell, he just can't sit still can he? The body language says it all!!!

  7. Interesting that the thrust of both these efforts-initially by Gordon Brown on behalf of the McCann, and then by McCanns accusing Government of hinderence- has been the attempt by the McCanns to flush out the Portugese evidence. For God's sake don't SY take the forensic evidence from Portugal to join the Dickenson File, Barbara Castle's report, Savile's Diary, Birmingham Lab samples re Maddie, MPS expenses files- all lost by the police in Britain.

  8. "Mr Brown offered to help in any way he could. He took an interest in the case as DID THE POPE!

    Mitchell trying to tell us that the Pope offered his help too?

    What a disgusting piece, a disgusting character - he looks and sounds like a drunk in a bar bragging.

    Kate McCanns Diary:

    SUNDAY, MAY 27:

    Clarence (Clarence Mitchell, Foreign Office family liaison at the time) spoke to us about a possible trip to the Vatican. It seems that it REALLY is going to happen—MAIN STORY ON THE NEWS!

    And SHE sounds like some desperate shameful bitch seeking stardom, celebrity status, prepared to do anything, and go anywhere to find it...Does NOT sound like the mother of little girl snatched from her bed by paedophiles as she claims...who is desperate to find her. If she was, a trip to the Vatican is the last place she should have been heading...as disgusting as Mitchell, she is overjoyed at the news of the trip to the Vatican being headline news THE MAIN STORY.

    Clear where her priorties lay.

    Good Roman Catholics? They never set foot inside the church in PDL that entire holiday. Maddie disappears...and Kate McCann becomes in her mind, the Virgin Mary! Holier than thou!

    Not a Christian or honest bone in her body! Nor Mitchell's!

    Great piece Joana!

  9. Mr. Gordon Brown, MP is rumoured about to announce his retirement from political life after serving his constituents for over 32yrs at the next election.
    It may be described as unfair treatment of this person, but he cannot now detract how close a contact he had with "Clarence Mitchell" influencing political information/disinformation to a PJ investigation into an abduction of a missing child, Madeline. Plus his disgraceful actions towards Goncalo Amaral forcing him off the investigation,(helping his friends Gerry & Kate?)
    As a matter of fact, Clarence had claimed he had involved the Home Secretary, David Milband of the UK? but there was no political interference, the absolute lies from their mouths is incredible!! Conspiracy to pervert the course of Justice spring to mind?
    Dear Gordon, will be remembered as the Chancellor of the Exchequer who sold the Queens Gold Bullion at a loss to the taxpayers of the UK for billions of pounds less than it was actually worth, forcing his friend Tony to be sacked by the Queen when she heard that she had been fleeced, Bank of England Governor of the UK, jailed for his part in the deception!? Oh and don't forget the "Lisbon Treaty Agreement" strong arming, handling of Portugal agreeing to the signing? still he will receive his pension as an MP, as he is entitled to do so.
    Gordon was confronted by a Labour party voter, during his attempted unsuccessful Re- election to remain as UK Prime Minister, when confronted by the Lady over her concern about "Immigration and unemployment, jobs in the UK" the lady remained unconvinced by his answer, he quickly scuttled away to his chauffeur driven car muttering disgraceful comments about the lady being a "Bigot"?
    Is Mr. Brown in the Masons, funny hand shakes caught on camera?
    Lets us also have a big Hand for Gordon who helped his nemesis to persuade the Scottish Electorate to stay as part of the Union when the vote for "independence" had swung to the SNP.
    Clarence has a new PM to get to dance with "team McCann" now, are they going to do an Ireland Fling together, sing it now, "you take the high Road and i'll take the low Road but I'll be in Scotland before ye!? Cheers Gordon?


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