Sunday, 4 July 2010

Who Says Journalism is Dead?

I have no intention of parsing the latest Home Office/Teresa May nonsense, it being done around the blogosphere already. Rather I just wanted to ask the question, why is it always the Express that appears to be privy to these Home Office exclusives?

Judging by the date, this AP report appearing after yet another "Express Exclusive," and included here for just the one line.

As for the rest of it? well I'm sure it won't be lost on you, just as it wasn't lost on Nigel Moore, for it wouldn't be by accident that Nigel posted these scintillating articles in sequence, the epitome of British Journalism.

Who Says Journalism is Dead?

McCanns set to meet Home Secretary The Press Association

(UKPA) - 11:15AM
Sunday 04 July, 2010

Home Secretary Theresa May will meet with Kate and Gerry McCann to discuss how the search for their missing daughter Madeleine is progressing, the Home Office said.

The meeting is being arranged following an exchange of letters between the couple and Mrs May in which the McCanns asked to see her, a Home Office spokesman said.

Details of the meeting are still being confirmed, he added.

The couple, from Rothley, Leicestershire, want a review of all the information in the hands of the British and Portuguese authorities.
But the Metropolitan Police said it had no plans to reopen the investigation.

Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, Portugal, on the night of May 3 2007 as her parents dined with friends nearby.

Despite a massive police investigation and huge publicity worldwide, the little girl has still not been found.

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You remember James Murray of course.

Maddy case may be re-opened by Theresa May Sunday Express

Maddy's case may be re-opened by new home secretary Theresa May
By James Murray
Sunday July 4, 2010

HOME Secretary Theresa May has asked to meet Kate and Gerry McCann, signalling she intends to tell them she will order a new investigation into their missing daughter Madeleine.

Mrs May wrote to the McCanns last week asking them to come to the Home Office in what is being described as a "positive step" by department officials.

A senior Home Office source said: "The Home Secretary has already exchanged letters with Kate and Gerry about the case and will be meeting them shortly to discuss how the investigation is being taken forward. It would not be appropriate to pre-empt that meeting or give details of the work."

A new team of detectives, most likely from Scotland Yard, could soon get the mammoth task of raking over all files from Portuguese detectives, police in Leicestershire and private investigators.

Since taking office, Mrs May has taken a close interest in the case. Her predecessor, Labour's Alan Johnson, last March ordered a costing of a review of evidence and the outline of how a new probe would work into finding out what happened to Madeleine, then three, of Rothley, Leics, who vanished from Praia da Luz on the Algarve in May 2007.

Sources say that Mrs May felt Mr Johnson made the right decision and the internal report is almost complete.

Mr Johnson acted after Jim Gamble, head of the Child Online and Protection Centre, wrote a report for the Home Office analysing police investigations here and in Portugal.

His report, which has not been released publicly, outlines how a new approach could produce new leads.

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No attribution for this.....

Let's find missing Madeleine Sunday Express Opinion (paper edition)

Sunday July 4, 2010

HOME Secretary Theresa May is right to call a meeting with Kate and Gerry McCann to discuss the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine. It is our sincere hope that Ms May will tell the McCanns that she has ordered a fresh Scotland Yard investigation into the case. It is long overdue.

Right from the earliest days following Madeleine's disappearance in Portugal three years ago there have been questions about how the case has been handled.

Jim Gamble, boss of the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre, has submitted a report that identifies the shortfalls and inconsistencies in the case. His file is with the Home Office and many close to the McCanns believe his recommendations will lead to the appointment of a senior detective and a team of officers who will reopen the case.

So far, investigations have drawn a blank but there is still time for skilled officers to find out what really happened to little Madeleine. After all they have been through, we owe it to the McCanns.

You just could not make it up.

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Who else?

Lorraine Kelly column The Sun (paper edition)

Lorraine Kelly
Saturday, July 03, 2010

FAMILIES will soon be going on holiday. Could I urge all of you to remember Madeleine McCann who went missing three years ago.

Her mum and dad have put together a special pack with posters, luggage labels and cards that show Madeleine's photo when she disappeared and how she might look today. I have the label on my case and it has attracted a lot of attention.

It's important her disappearance is kept in the public eye and it is the only way Kate and Gerry will ever find their beloved daughter. See or call 0845 ....

Un-fucking believable.

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