Being Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is not an easy job.
In May Dave faced pressure from the Sun newspaper urging him to instruct a review of the Madeleine McCann case. It coincided with the publication of ‘Madeleine: Our Daughter’s Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her’ by Kate McCann. It is now No.1 in the non-fiction best selling list.
There are few people who are not aware of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann on 3 May 2007 from Praia da Luz in Portugal. The strained and gaunt face of her mother, Kate McCann, continues to stare out from media pages. The McCanns decided to harness the media in their hunt for Kate. It resulted in one of the most publicised events seen for many years. Sadly Madeleine remains missing. Kate and Gerry McCann simply will not cease from searching for her.
The book ‘Madeleine’ is awful. Its 400 pages take the reader through all the events in great detail. Kate never wavers. Madeleine was taken from her bed whilst she and Gerry were having dinner with friends in the nearby tapas bar. They were checking every thirty minutes although the 9.30pm check on the fateful evening was undertaken by another person. Two witnesses saw a man carrying away a child. Madeleine has not been seen since. Kate is convinced she is still alive.
They have been inundated with help and several seriously rich businessmen have funded the search. The British police have been heavily involved although the jurisdiction belongs to the Portugal authorities. Private detectives have been commissioned and failed.
This blog is not any sort of judgement on these events. It is, however, that like many other people (and ,of course, a parent who has left his children in hotel rooms), I have personal views.
Dave’s decision, wrapped up in Downing Street PR (“I have asked the Home Secretary…..”), to ask (instruct?) Scotland Yard to review the case was inevitable. It was followed by utter nonsense about the cost not coming out of police budgets and involving semi-retired officers.
The truth is that the Madeleine McCann review will –
- cost millions of pounds
- occupy many police officers
- require senior management and control
At the end of this month Enterprise Britain will be publishing ‘Calm Down, Dave’ in which I will explain Dave’s dishonesty about his Liberal tendencies and the frightening controls now in place in Downing Street whereby Dave is attempting to alter public opinion by ‘nudging’ and other neuro-behavioural techniques.
Dave is pretending to be a humanitarian (eg. Libya, the rest of North Africa. Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and many more). He is all about image and with little or no substance.
Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. His decision to become involved in the Madeleine McCann case was genuine. He took into account the cost when he is responsible for causing millions of people in the UK continuing hardship. He thought about the white washing of police independence. He realised that thousands of similar cases, where greater police involvement might help, will not receive the Dave treatment. He never thought about the PR it would give him.
That’s ok. But he is checking the Police’s progress. Is he monitoring costs (it will exceed its budget by millions). Is he demanding accountability?
Or is he being Dave?