Friday, 18 December 2009

Madeleine McCann: the Christmas appeal from her parents.

And in today's
Daily Express, we have the...traa laaaa...Christmas appeal! Is this going to be a regular occurrence for the next 50 year until 89 year-old Kate McCann is pleading for her daughter to walk through the door of Rothley Towers, where her bedroom is just as she left it, with all her Christmas and birthday presents from the intervening years blocking the way to her toddler bed?

Now, I know I must be sounding unsympathetic to their plight, but this is just a money-grubbing exercise at the time of year when folks out there are thinking of other people less fortunate than themselves and are in the mood to give to worthy causes.

"Kate and Gerry McCann have issued a fresh appeal for help in finding their missing daughter Madeleine as they face spending a third Christmas without her."

Third Christmas without Madeleine? Well, actually, if we're counting, it's the fourth, because at Christmas when Madeleine was 2 years old, in 2005, Madeleine spent Christmas with her grandmother, Eileen Mccann, while I assume the rest of the family enjoyed the twins' first Christmas back at Rothley Towers.

"Madeleine McCann's gran on the family's year of tears." Daily Record April 27th 2008.

"Eileen said: "Madeleine was in my heart from that very first day.

"She was born on a Tuesday and I went down to see her on the Friday.

"I felt I had a really special bond with her.

She said: "When she was two, Madeleine spent Christmas at my house and it was lovely.

"The next year, the family came up for New Year but on Christmas Day Madeleine called and said she'd got a kitchen from Santa. She was very excited and said 'I'm going to make some tea'."

So, Madeleine wasn't at the festive table that Christmas. Seems odd to me that she wouldn't be part of the twins' first Christmas, but then I find such dates and events memorable and special and well worth the effort that has to be put into them when you have small children.

"In an emotional plea greeting visitors to the site, they said: "There will be a spare place at the Christmas table again this year. If you know anything - do the right thing and help us fill it." (Daily Express)

From what I can gather, there's been a spare place at that table before, not just at Christmas either. Early on in this case, Kate McCann, asked about how the twins were coping with Madeleine's disappearance, said that they were ok because they had never spent much time with Madeleine. So, I guess there weren't many lingering meals en famille then?

"Mr and Mrs McCann added: "There's only one thing Madeleine wants this Christmas - and that's to be back home. If you know where she might be, please help." (Daily Express)

If Madeleine is still alive somewhere, being treated like a princess, or as Kate McCann said in an interview for Spanish TV, "in somebody's house," I seriously doubt that were she to turn up to sit at the Christmas table, that she would just slip happily into the family fold and joyously tuck into the roast turkey. A child who was suddenly taken from her family in the trauma of a night time snatch, from where she had been left sleeping, and kept apart from that family for nearly three years, would be an emotionally distressed child, returning to a house she did not recognise any more, siblings she had hardly known before and who would now be strangers, and parents she hardly remembered, who would also have changed in the intervening years.

And if, God forbid, Maddie is alive and in the hands of paedophiles, as her parents have suggested so many times, then that place at the table would not be the most appropriate place for an abused child's introduction back into the arms of her family. Have a slice of turkey, Madeleine, and forget that you were abused in every imaginable way, after we left you alone in the dark in an unlocked apartment. Let's all join hands and sing Kumbaya. Somehow, I don't think so!


Ironside said...

Hi Anna, I saw this in the DX early this morning. I fear worst is yet to come the Xmas video and the begging bowl..Courtesy of Sky News..

Jose Cabrera...please give your opinion.

Ironside said...

A nice pleasant blog to post on if anyone is interested.

AnnaEsse said...

I have the sinking feeling that you are probably right and this is just the warm-up to the real begging bowl coming out. They've probably got a few videos they've kept in hand and it wouldn't surprise me if we are to be treated to, "a previously unseen video of Madeleine playing happily," etc etc. Think I might need to retrieve that old bucket from the garden! Excuse me while I puke!

Ironside said...

Have you a spare Anna? I am right out of

AnnaEsse said...

Doesn't surprise me Ironside with all the crapola we've had to out up with since May 3rd 2007. I think I've got a spare in the shed and I'll send you a virtual bucket!

Ironside said...

Anna you were saying....

AnnaEsse said...

Just call me Mystic Mog Ironside!

Ironside said...

The rag doll that was once held along with CC has gone.CC was seen no more when they fled Portugal. The T Shirts are no longer worn discarded along with the badge.Kate no longer wears green and yellow ribbons in her hair. However, the wrist bands remain. The twins also from the early days were made to wear these bands.

The article written here is very clever. The headline micro chipped wristbands coming soon...then we read an article where a child was saved by a coloured wrist band from an 'Abductor' .

Note :micro chip is not mentioned in the article but the seed has been sown.

Ironside said...

Claudia...Fröhlich Weihnachten xx