As early as June 2007 Gerry was saying he wanted to push forward with the wider political issues involved in Madeleine's disappearance during a visit to the States where he was already becoming involved in the Amber Alert campaign to rescue genuinely abducted children.
I found it very shocking that he was interested in looking at wider political issues rather than concentrating on finding his own daugher, only a month after she disappeared (and I still do, altogether just too contrived).
Since that time we have of course had further similar comments from the McCanns, particularly Gerry, about all the work that had gone on behind the scenes to push forward this message. In spite the comment in the SOS Maddie report below, there is no evidence whatsoever that these five MEP's have the backing of the British Government, did they forget Mr McMillan Scot is a Conservative!
It will be seen the McCanns could not and did not take part in drafting the statement to MEP's they merely got taken along by McMillan Scot and several MEPs have expressed their disgust at his conduct in using a couple clearly suspected of actually being involved of the disappearance of their own daughter. I believe he is seriously abusing his power as Vice President of the European Parliament. So often, we have seen conservative members of parliament act with a complete lack of decency and integrity. I denounce McMillan Scot as just another, Archer, Aitken or Hamilton.
How could he behave in such a publically distasteful manner by continuing to allow the McCanns to become involved in this, merely in a self-serving way by attempting to show they won, they got this through. Even if it does go through it is nothing to do with the McCanns, it has been proposed for years, but what a political cous for them, by so publically putting themselves behind it.
So much for the British Government being behind either this campaign or the McCanns, I think it was very pointed indeed that they refused to take part in the mock use of the Amber Alert system. Clearly having the nous to realise that they would have also been endorsing Kate and Gerry McCann, something they cannot and clearly will not do.
At the same time it must be remembered they cannot publically denounce them either. The McCanns are entitled to a fair trial and any denouncement of them by our government would enable them to successfully complain they could not get a fair trial because even the UK government already pronounced against them. The fundamental rule of law is that everyone is entitled to be considered innocent until proven guilty, our government are clearly not going to damage the chances of the McCanns being found guilty by allowing them to successfully claim a breach by our government of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to a fair trial. It is a fundamental tenet of law that organs of the State must not pre-judge the case against an accused person and our own government are clearly not going to do that and allow them then to complain of this and get away with it. Please remember that folks. It is the same with the Social Services really, had the twins been removed from their care, then it could have been said a decision had been taken they were guilty before they even got tried.
SHAME ON YOU EDWARD MCMILLAN SCOTT - I HOPE YOU GET DRUMMED OUT OF YOUR HIGH OFFICE FOR YOUR DISREPUTABLE BEHAVIOUR IN USING A COUPLE WHO THE POLICE CLEARLY BELIEVE ON THE BASIS OF REASONABLE EVIDENCE KILLED THEIR OWN LITTLE GIRL
As to the other four, this clearly does not imply backing by UK Labour government at all, only one of them is even Labour, two not even from UK, and to all of them I say, hang your heads in shame, there are far more eloquent ways in which to push forward a political goal than using a couple of serious child abusers:
The declaration has been backed by five MEPs - Edward McMillan-Scott MEP (Conservative, England), Diana Wallis MEP (Liberal Democrat, England), Roberta Angelilli MEP (Italy), Glenys Kinnock MEP (Labour, Wales) and Evelyne Gebhardt MEP (Germany).
Kate and Gerry McCann have confirmed this afternoon that they will make the trip next Tuesday, the European Parliament in Strasbourg or authors of a declaration calling for the creation of a European warning system for Children will try to persuade 182 MPs to sign the document.
The McCann played no role in drafting the statement - an initiative of five parliamentarians - but the couple had made its submission to Brussels, despite protests from several MPs.
The document adds nothing new to the intentions of Parliament or the creation of a European warning system is under consideration for several years.
France, which took the rotating presidency in July, regardless of the statement made in Brussels on April 10, had already made known its intention to approve a European system similar to that which exists in France.
"Until now we have 211 signatures and we need the signature of 393 MEPs, a simple majority in Parliament," said spokeswoman Kate and Gerry McCann, Clarence Mitchell.
The couple had planned to meet in private, several MEPs before concluding his day with the usual press conference.
Introduced to Parliament by the Conservative Edward McMillan-Scott, vice-president of Parliament, Gerry and Kate McCann, arguidos in investigating the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, had already been heavily criticised in Brussels by several parliamentarians, deeming it inappropriate visit the couple.
Recently, the couple had found a way not to make the trip to Portugal to participate in the reconstruction of events surrounding the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, as the Portuguese authorities had demanded.
The McCanns are there for nothing
The statement originally submitted on April 10 at the European Parliament in Brussels was not prepared or suggested by McCann but the couple, with the support of the British Government, the parents of Madeleine have won the right to join despite their arguidos status in Portugal.
Edward McMillan-Scott, Roberta Angelilli, Glenys Kinnock, Evelyne Gebhardt, and Diana Wallis are the five MEPs on the origin of the document which proposes emergency cooperation between the member states of the European Union to find missing children.
The document calls on Member States to conclude cooperation agreements with all the border states in order to give itself the means to launch early warning in the territories concerned.
Despite the importance of the guidelines proposed by the document, it is still far from an agreement among all member states.
Yesterday, France - a country where the device Abduction Alert has already done this evidence - organized a mock abduction in collaboration with Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
The exercise was conclusive and allowed four organizers to test their reaction, but also working with the media.
The United Kingdom, invited, chose not to participate.
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