I am afraid I have reached the stage where I can no longer refrain from comment on the disappearance of this young child.
Just over 1 year on from the tragic event of Madeline's disappearance in Portugal, am I the only one who finds the reaction of her parents and their friends (The Tapas 7), to Portugese attempts to publicise the disappearance by staging a re-enactment, as slightly odd?
The re-enactment process by police is a regular feature in this country by our Police to re-create public interest in a crime and Crime Watch viewers will be very familiar with this device.
What astounds me is the failure of Madeline's parents and friends, who were all eating and drinking , away from the flat where vulnerable infants had been left unsupervised contrary to UK and European Law, to re-ignite public interest in the disappearance of Madeline by co-operating with the Portugese Police.
This is completely at odds with the parent's initial position of doing their utmost, and successfully so, to raise the profile of Madeline's disappearance to amazing levels. Funds poured in from generous benefactors for a campaign fund and a PR spokesman is now employed to comment.
Putting aside the blatant jingoistic comments about the Portugese Police, we need to remember
that Madeline's parents are still official suspects as far as the Portugese Authorities are concerned. Did their rapid return to the UK last year and does their present reluctance to assist , together with their 'friends', a Portugese Police re-enactment, have anything to do with their present status?
I would have thought that, given their initial successful publicity, that they would embrace any opportunity to re-kindle interest in their daughter's disappearance. As a parent, I find their present attitude odd.