Monday, November 21, 2011

#Leveson Hackgate : #McCanns Are Having A Laugh

R.F.Wilson writes from London: This is getting really funny: Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry, set up to look into the way the press operates in Britain in the light of the phone hacking revelations and journalists paying off cops for information, is going to hear evidence from Gerry McCann, part of the now famous double act, Kate and Gerry McCann, about press intrusion into his and his wife’s lives.

What press intrusion?

The McCanns have manipulated the press with such skills that it allowed them to raise millions to finance their search for their daughter Madeleine, who had gone missing from their holiday apartment in Portugal in May 2007. Incidentally, the press that has been supposedly ‘harassing’ the couple didn’t really raise the most important issue about this whole matter: why didn’t social services in Britain take away two other small children from the McCanns whom they left alone with Madeleine while they were having dinner with friends at the local restaurant? Social services are usually very determined to take vulnerable children into the care, if they suspect parents of not looking properly after them. So how come the McCanns were given special treatment?

Anyway, the Leveson inquiry is actually going to waste its time on listening to Gerry’s tearful story of how he and his wife were mistreated by the newspapers.

I hope Gerry manages to keep a straight face while he is doing it and the members of the inquiry wouldn’t burst into sarcastic laughter themselves.

Because Mr McCann should be the last person in Britain, if not the world, to complain about press intrusion.

He and his wife have turned into celebrities ever since they daughter disappeared, all thanks to the media giving them way too much attention and not really asking any tough questions.

They can complain as much as they want about press intrusion but in reality they depend on this coverage in their supposed search for their daughter. I say ‘supposed’ because it should be crystal clear to them by now that she is dead and has been dead for the past four more