Q: Is it acceptable that Madeleine McCann and her siblings were left alone?
No, no matter how safe her parents assumed the community to be, three children that young should not be left unattended.
Yes, her parents say they checked in on the kids every half hour. Critics may be coming from a different cultural perspective on child rearing.
Now why can't at least one of the UK news channels run a poll like that? I know these polls are not necessarily representative of general public opinion, but at least we would see if indeed there were many people out there who think the McCanns were wrong to leave the children, or if indeed, it's a, "tiny minority," as the McCanns seem to think.
If you pop on over to the forum at the Daily Mirror, you will see what happens when people take a critical look at the McCanns and their friends. The questions being asked on that forum are, in my opinion, quite reasonable. Why were the children left alone? How far was it to walk from the tapas bar to the apartment? Why was the apartment left unlocked? How did Jane Tanner manage to see, "distinguishable pyjamas," on a child being carried if it was quite dark? Who checked on the children and at what times? Who was the last person to see Madeleine in the apartment? What is the fund being spent on? What has the £67,000, reported by the Daily Mail, as having been spent, been spent on? All quite reasonable questions, I would say. However, these reasonable questions are inciting venom and foul language from a few people who cannot stand anything they see as criticism of Team McCann. One person even went as far as posting on the forum the most vile pornographic images I have ever seen, in an attempt to disrupt discussion.