Tuesday, 18 September 2007

John Redwood, Tory MP: “The Mc Canns theory that the girl was abducted also needs evidence to support it...”



John Redwood, a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party since 1987 and Chairman of the Party's Economic Competitiveness Policy Group, published a post, in his personal blog, on September 10, criticising the McCann family and the Portuguese Police, which he considered showed “little (..) competence” in Madeleine's investigation. In the post, called “The McCanns - plenty of theories, little evidence” - John Redwood wrote that “the Mc Canns theory that the girl was abducted also needs evidence to support it” and ask a few questions:

“Can they clear away any doubt over whether entry was forced into the holiday home?

Were there no screams or disturbances as the little girl was taken? Did no-one see her at any point as she was carried away?

Why has no-one seen her since, despite the massive awareness campaign?

How did the abductor time the removal, given the fact that parents and friends were returning to keep an eye or ear open for the children?”

Have the police questioned all who left that resort around the time of the loss of Madeleine?

Mr John Redwood advised the McCann to “employ a private detective rather than a spin doctor, to find evidence of the abduction they are sure happened and the trail to her present whereabouts.”

The same day, Mr. John Redwood blog vanished and was out of line for sometime. When the blog (“John Redwood's Diary”) came back, the post criticising the McCann has been deleted.

This is the full text Mr. John Redwood decided to take out of his page:

“The McCanns - plenty of theories, little evidence”

Published by John Redwood at 11:00 am under Blog (September 10)

It is not usually wise to venture into questions of individual guilt or innocence. These are properly matters for the courts, not for politicians.
I do so briefly today because I have never seen so much speculation and so many press stories, created by the spin doctors of the parents and by mysterious sources for the Portuguese authorities, when there is so little fact behind it all. It is part of the modern disease, of fighting battles through the media instead of people getting on and doing their jobs diligently.

The Portuguese side, after four months, seem to have decided that the little girl is dead and the parents were involved in the death. To prove this it would be helpful to have a body, and an autopsy which shows how she died. At the very least, if they cannot find the body, it would help if they had an independent witness who had seen the death occur, or had seen the parents moving the body after the time of the disappearance. It demonstrates little police competence that this most closely watched couple was able according to sources to keep the body from police attention immediately after the disappearance, and then to move the body many days later. How come the police did not search extensively enough to find the body at the beginning? How did they miss any evidence of harm to the child they now might claim to have? How did no-one see anything strange when the body was moved?

The Mc Canns theory that the girl was abducted also needs evidence to support it. Can they clear away any doubt over whether entry was forced into the holiday home? Were there no screams or disturbances as the little girl was taken? Did no-one see her at any point as she was carried away? Why has no-one seen her since, despite the massive awareness campaign? How did the abductor time the removal, given the fact that parents and friends were returning to keep an eye or ear open for the children?

Have the police questioned all who left that resort around the time of the loss of Madeleine?
This is a heart rending story. The two sides seemed determined to damage each other. The truth remains a casualty. Maybe the MC Canns should employ a private detective rather than a spin doctor, to find evidence of the abduction they are sure happened and the trail to her present whereabouts. In the meantime with so few facts it is dificult to say what happened, apart from understanding the grief that the loss of Madeleine is causing.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see no difference between his blog and what you say was altered.

karen said...

Why did he remove it? It is a good blog entry and raises important points. Why are the media and political class so protective of the McCanns?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, the link Paulo Reis provided to John Redwoods blog of 10th Sept. is a cached version which Redwood subsequently deleted.

Pity, since I actually began to like him for about two seconds as I read the headline - a member of the establishment or media actually being even-handed about the McCanns for once! However his deleting his comments fits in with all else that seems to be being done for Team McCann, and not only by that team themselves. At any hint of reasonable and rational questions about the circumstances of Madeleine's disappearance, what happened that night or their parenting in general (far less probing, accusatory interrogation) then the questioner either quickly becomes silent or is attacked and harangued by Team McCann themselves or the media or some members of the public who never met them but are 'convinced' they are totally innocent and force the questioner into silence or try to make him/her look like a lynchmob member.

I am appalled that our media in Britain have behaved this way and encouraged this to happen. That a family in such circumstances have accumulated such a huge and high reaching stranglehold on our normal means of information, happily changing it from the focus of finding their daughter to ensuring that we all now view them as perfect parents incapable of doing anything wrong at all (and leaving them alone was NOT wrong and only what EVERYONE else does!!) and that we must believe 100 % in everything they say (though their version of events seems to have changed many times) and not trusting an iota in either the Portuguese police, their justice system, their media, their populations general intelligence or honesty. No, it's only a nice sunny holiday destination if you go with all your British pals and dump your children with them during the day, (where they are very well looked after) but take responsibility for them yourself at night and neglect to do that caring role as well and when something happens then it is still the Portuguese fault. The xenophobia inherent in all this and the class issues in Britain about the McCanns being middle class are equally stomach churning to me and I am ashamed of how this whole thing has been played out in my country. And on a side note I'm ashamed of Philomena McCann being Scottish as I am, and even worse I understand she's a teacher, so little wonder we have yobs on our streets.

I haven't posted before, but eventually got worn down by the lack of any open censure of the McCanns from either our media or our establishment to their leaving their children alone at nights. Whatever happened to Madeleine WAS most definitely the responsibility of the parents. She could never have been abducted had they not left her alone - so even if innocent of harming her they were the cause of her being left in harms way. What I am most concerned with is the fact that lack of public condemnation for that, which could be made while still sympathizing with their anguish if she has been abducted (and which we must assume was the case until proof otherwise) will lead to condoning parents in general leaving children alone in a similar way. And if it does happen again and another child disappears then the next parents can't be censured either, or if they are then the McCanns almost entirely sympathetic treatment will be thrown up as a precedent.

Thank the Lord for some balanced reasonable reporting and questioning from some online sources and yours Paulo is one of the best, with relevant links and commentary about the various strands. I may not post again, but I will keep reading.
Kirsteen

Juliette said...

And thank you Kirsteen for your comments which so well reflect the way I feel. I find it incredible that in the light of what is supposed to have happened to Madeleine, the parents still claim that it's OK to leave such young children unattended... This, I'm afraid, may encourage other so called "parents" to do the same.... in all inpunity.

kc said...

Problem now is that 'England' has to cover-up whatever really happened... it would be too embarrassing... two doctors... the pope....all media... who wasn't involved?... the world would fall apart....

Anonymous said...

Applauding Kirsteen! Well said!

I am stunned this MP removed it from his blog. What kind of world are we living in? Is this Russia, 1950?