Dr. Martin Roberts take on David Jones' article which appeared in the Daily Mail is available at www.mccannfiles.com (under Latest News - scroll down) it's dated 24 March, 2015.
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Keeping Up With The Jones's, 24 March 2015
Keeping Up With The Jones's
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By Dr Martin Roberts
24 March 2015
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES'S
Not to be outdone by the Desmond team (Express Group Newspapers), the Daily Mail have now produced their own extensive, eulogistic comment on the Metropolitan Police Federation suggestion that Operation Grange be brought to a halt. There are no prizes for guessing the direction of the eulogies.
David Jones, who claims familiarity with the McCann case ab initio, somehow fails to bring his extensive knowledge to bear in a balanced account, but instead puts his name to a contrived exercise in dis-information. It has reached the point, surely, when observers of this protracted affair can only conclude that, as regards Madeleine McCann specifically, this is all the popular press are good for.
Where does one start...? Well why not at the very beginning?
"I returned to Praia da Luz, the conspiratorial little resort"
'Conspiratorial'? How so?
This is the very same resort about which the author later states:
"From the moment Madeleine was taken, they have behaved with commendable dignity and shown enormous compassion towards her family".
Ah, but...as he goes on to explain:
"The reputation of their once-blameless resort has been irreparably sullied".
So it must have been the entire population of Praia da Luz wot dun it. A modern interpretation of 'Murder on the Orient Express', no doubt.
We continue with:
"...revisiting some of its now-fabled landmarks — apartment 5A at the Ocean Club holiday resort, the white-washed chapel where Kate and Gerry would pray for deliverance — it struck me how precious little we have learned about her fate".
Whose fate? Madeleine's we may presume. But why then should the parents be praying for deliverance? Deliverance from what exactly? Evil? Then whose? Praying for their daughter's delivery would make rather more sense, at least in principle.
Unfortunately for all concerned, "We have no more idea what became of Madeleine now than we did then (May 4, 2007). It is almost as if time has stood still".
Yes, David. Eight years without, it would appear, any significant advancement in our (public) knowledge of what became of Madeleine McCann. Does that not strike you as odd, given the seeming investment of time and resources, and by so many separate agencies, into finding the child? Only a fool would make the same mistake repeatedly and expect a different outcome each time. Have we or the McCanns been making torch-bearers of fools therefore?
"Given the enduring global obsession with the case, we might think this quite extraordinary".
Time for some jingoism then.
"First we had a series of Portuguese police investigations, the ineptitude of which is well documented.
"Next came a procession of private detectives (including a self-proclaimed Spanish super-sleuth, expensively hired by the McCanns in December 2007, who blithely promised to have Madeleine home for Christmas).
"Then, in 2011, at the behest of David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May, Scotland Yard's finest were called in to clear up the mess".
It is to be hoped that in a follow-up article one might be offered some examples of the documentation that attests to the 'ineptitude' of the investigation conducted by the Portuguese. Hope springs eternal. And that's probably about the length of time we'll have to wait for such evidence to be brought forth here.
Thank goodness the 'Met's finest' were on hand to 'clear up the mess'. What would we do without them?
"At least, that was the Prime Minister's hope, and perhaps his expectation, when — apparently moved by a personal appeal from the McCanns — he ordered a team of Met detectives to be removed from their other duties and assigned to the case, codenamed Operation Grange".
Well now. The Prime Minister (and the Home Office) had hopes and expectations did they? It's rather doubtful that these pertained to clearing up any mess, since, as far as police work was concerned, there absolutely wasn't one. David Cameron suggested the Home Office discuss the possibility of a review with Scotland Yard. He might contend that he did not 'order' anything however, especially since, in our so-called democracy, such an order would be unconstitutional.
"But almost four years and an eye-watering £10million of taxpayers' money later — an amount that would pay the annual wages of countless PCs — it is patently obvious his intervention is not producing results. (italics mine)
"Though a huge number of man-hours have been spent re-examining the 5,000-page Portuguese judicial dossier in the hope that it might contain a vital missed clue, though great swathes of wasteland in Praia da Luz were explored with sophisticated gadgetry last year, and a plethora of suspects re-interviewed, there has been no sign of a breakthrough".
Well I'm glad, David, you recognize, like the rest of us, that Operation Grange has produced no results. Could that be because they based their investigation on 5000 pages attributable to the Portuguese, and the balance of 25,000 pages deriving from an assortment of impostors and mountebanks?
"...the Met's 'Madeleine Squad' have spent four years painstakingly re-examining the botched Portuguese investigation.
"You cannot fault their thoroughness".
Oh yes we can! And in whose estimation was the Portuguese investigation 'botched'? That of David Jones, obviously, and who else of any significance?
"Meanwhile, every witness statement and tip-off is being re-checked, every theory considered, no matter how unlikely."
Thump! The first nail to go cleanly home strikes the back board.
Does any police investigation, anywhere in the world, proceed by working inwards via the more 'unlikely' theories? If the accepted answer should be 'no', then why have we to sit back and watch as 'the Met's finest' blow millions on unnecessarily exploring the unlikely? Is it possible they have borrowed from the philosophy of Captain R.F. Scott, who dabbled with untried technology and came second as a result, whereas his rival Amundsen simply 'cut to the chase'.
"Each (such) development raises fresh hopes and excites the media, but so far they have all come to nothing. And one had to ask whether DCI Andy Redwood, who had set up the inquiry and had overseen it enthusiastically for four years, would have recently stood down had he been on the brink of solving the biggest case of his career." (italics mine)
Yes, one did ask as it happens (See: The Ruby Hat of Old Ma McCann – McCannfiles, 19.3.15)
Were David Jones to act as the voice of the McCanns in support of Operation Grange, he would be sure, he tells us, to remind authorities of several other cases of abduction rather more successfully resolved, e.g., Jaycee Lee Dugard and Zephany Nurse. But then, as he admits:
"The sad truth is, however, that when we examine such exceptional cases, they do little to support the argument for a hugely expensive and protracted police investigation."
So why go to the trouble of introducing them into the argument?
A more sensible comparison to be made, we are advised, is with protocols and expenditure in connection with children who go missing in the UK.
"So how much time and money might you expect the police to invest in searching for one 'medium risk' child? According to a recent study by Portsmouth University's Centre For Missing Persons, the amount is astonishingly low: between £1,325 and £2,415.
"Compared with the millions poured into the search for Madeleine, this figure — which covers such basic procedures as taking an initial call, risk assessment, obtaining a photograph of the child, undertaking a house search, and a police national computer check — is derisory indeed."
Or put another way, the 'figure' involved in the case of Madeleine McCann is inexplicably high – and then some.
"It goes without saying that none of this is any fault of the McCanns."
Except, David, you have just said so. Whose fault is it then? If the McCanns are not calling the shots, who is? And why are they aiming in entirely the wrong direction?
(There now follows the eulogy to the parents who "always speak about Madeleine — whose 12th birthday falls this May — in the present tense". No doubt having been advised that previous references to their daughter in the past tense were highly suggestive of exactly that!)
Eventually we get to the 'bottom line', in support of the proposal recently voiced by John Tully of the Metropolitan Police Federation:
"I simply believe, with the best of intentions, that it is time to put sentiment aside, face up to the harsh financial realities of modern policing, and regard Madeleine McCann in the same manner as all those other missing children."
Basically, the Operation Grange budget should be cut from several millions to a couple of thousand. Small wonder DCI Redwood opted for early retirement."
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