I’m going to say it – for all that I would love Madeleine McCann to be found safe and well, am I the only one who finds the frenzy around her disappearance (fully six years later) somewhat disconcerting?
Why precisely are the media (and as a consequence the police) devoting so many resources to this one case? This is an important question because it says a lot, in my view, about what we are as a society. Let us be blunt, if a girl called Chardonnay from Romford whose stepdad was a bricklayer and mum a homemaker had gone missing six years ago, would we still find it main headline on the national and international news?
When I was a local Councillor for the area, a young Holywood lad called Martin Kelly disappeared on a New Year’s night out in Belfast. His disappearance remains a mystery to his friends and family. The local press has done its best – but where are the regional and even international appeals? He could be anywhere. Why would his case be any less important?
It appears to me, for all our talk about wanting social justice and a classless society, this whole thing demonstrates an unmistakeable media (and thus social) bias – the “blue-eyed blonde” syndrome.
I hope someone can tell me I’m being unfair. I also hope someone can help find Martin Kelly – http://www.ourmartykelly.com