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Gerry McCann calls for press control laws - 75% of the public agree

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Post by saltnpepper on 14.02.13 17:14

Lostfridge wrote:That's the flattest head I have ever seen.

Possible thats why he is the front for hacked off...his bonce?

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Post by Mirage on 14.02.13 17:17

Lance De Boils wrote:I'm totally with Mirage on this. An excellent post, if ever there was one.

Lance De Boils and ShuBob. Thank you both for your kind comments.

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Post by ShuBob on 14.02.13 17:17

Even if, for the sake of argument, no question mark hung over Gerry's head and he has been completely exonerated in the case of Maddie's disappearance, he still has a cheek lecturing the government (or anyone for that matter) on anything in that tone given what he and his wife admitted to in relation to their childcare arrangements on that fateful holiday. Where does he get that brass neck from

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Post by Guest on 14.02.13 17:43

Mirage, thank you for such excellent comment. Nothing to add to it.

And to "all" - I cannot remember whether it was here, or on another forum - but I had a big laugh by someone saying [non verbatim] : "My dad always said, don't trust any guy, whose head is flat enough to put a pint on it."
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Post by Mirage on 14.02.13 18:00

Châtelaine wrote:Mirage, thank you for such excellent comment. Nothing to add to it.

And to "all" - I cannot remember whether it was here, or on another forum - but I had a big laugh by someone saying [non verbatim] : "My dad always said, don't trust any guy, whose head is flat enough to put a pint on it."

Châtelaine, thank you. I'm blushing again!

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Post by Cristobell on 14.02.13 18:11

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Leafylane wrote:I'm shocked at the level of opposition against the implementation of the Leveson Report on this forum.

Have you forgotten Chris Jefferies, in the Joanna Yeates case? The Press accused him of being a sexual pervert and of having a paedaphile as a friend amongst other vile and completely untrue accusations. CJ describes that time as 'The worst time of my life'.

I dread to think what that innocent man's life would be like now if the real culprit had not been caught. They would have continued to crucify him for profit, and so influence the public's opinion of him. His life would be in ruins.

It is this sort of press reporting that the Leveson Report is against and which recommends action designed to remedy it.

I can't see anything wrong in that at all.

An appalling situation, for sure, re Chris Jefferies. But sufficient laws are already in place. They just need rigorous implementation.

I believe Chris Jefferies has received a substantial payout and he has been fully and vociferously vindicated. Never enough, I know. But all that is humanly possible to right a dreadful wrong has been done and his innocence is fully recognised up and down the land.

Let me ask if, from all that you have learned about the conduct of the political classes in recent times, you feel reassured that a state-controlled press would be a sensible move? Don't forget the celebrities and others with money and something to hide who will use the situation to promote a false image of themselves.

We have already seen how super injunctions have been used by the rich and powerful in society to hide behind. From Andrew Marr to Ryan Giggs. And don't forget the Ryan Giggs' girlfriend who was hung out to dry and vilified while he fought tooth and nail to remain anonymous.

Investigative journalism will die a death - so forget about corruption in high places being exposed. Is that what you really think is in the best interests of society? - that we never find out about covert nepotism, about fraud, about responsibility for deaths in the NHS, about cash for questions and all the rest of it. All because the likes of Carter Ruck might be threatening hard-pressed editors of national newspapers every five minutes with legal action.

What you are looking at is not a perfect world, granted. But do you really think the solution lies in handing more power over to those who have a track record of abusing the power they already have? Think of MPs redacted expenses claims before you answer.

I believe the Royal Charter plan being proposed by ministers, whereby the IPCC would be overseen by a recognition panel, may be the sensible option in a modern democracy.





Again Mirage, spot on :)

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Post by bobbin on 14.02.13 18:16

saltnpepper wrote:
Lostfridge wrote:That's the flattest head I have ever seen.

Possible thats why he is the front for hacked off...his bonce?


I prefer the one on our right

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Post by Ashwarya on 14.02.13 18:23

Hey, Saltnpepper, that's one for Private Eye Lookalike when they're at last allowed to tell us what they know.
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Post by Smokeandmirrors on 14.02.13 18:25

Has anyone noticed the recent habit of newspapers to print far less flattering photos than they used to? I swear I haven't seen a photogenic picture of the pair for a long time, and IMO this is a sneaky way the press are letting us know what they really think.

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Post by saltnpepper on 14.02.13 18:37

Smokeandmirrors wrote:Has anyone noticed the recent habit of newspapers to print far less flattering photos than they used to? I swear I haven't seen a photogenic picture of the pair for a long time, and IMO this is a sneaky way the press are letting us know what they really think.

Thought this,also not a hint of the A word & the comments online have opened the floodgates,Gerry's on a kamikaze mission...or so it seems
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Post by bobbin on 14.02.13 18:39

bobbin wrote:
saltnpepper wrote:
Lostfridge wrote:That's the flattest head I have ever seen.

Possible thats why he is the front for hacked off...his bonce?


I prefer the one on our right

Wait a minute, is that one on the left a photo-fit of the alleged abductor... nah, perhaps I need to go to specsavers... but I could have sworn....nah..hm

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Post by Guest on 14.02.13 18:42

Smokeandmirrors wrote:Has anyone noticed the recent habit of newspapers to print far less flattering photos than they used to? I swear I haven't seen a photogenic picture of the pair for a long time, and IMO this is a sneaky way the press are letting us know what they really think.

I agree Smokeandmirrors, a long cry from the pictures in the earlier days.



And a stunning piece in the Examiner yesterday

http://www.examiner.com/article/yes-madeleine-mccann-is-still-missing
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Post by brilynn on 14.02.13 19:24

My goodness,that piece in" The Examiner"is the most full on ,"lets tell it as it is now,were sick of sightings etc etc" I,m shocked actually,its been a long time coming !

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Post by Guest on 14.02.13 19:34

Finn wrote:
Smokeandmirrors wrote:Has anyone noticed the recent habit of newspapers to print far less flattering photos than they used to? I swear I haven't seen a photogenic picture of the pair for a long time, and IMO this is a sneaky way the press are letting us know what they really think.

I agree Smokeandmirrors, a long cry from the pictures in the earlier days.



And a stunning piece in the Examiner yesterday

http://www.examiner.com/article/yes-madeleine-mccann-is-still-missing
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Even though a photo is just a second of a snap to capture an image. The combination of the two of them does tell a story.
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Post by Guest on 14.02.13 19:36

I'm shocked too brilynn, just read it, my word it pulls no punches.
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Post by Inspectorfrost on 14.02.13 21:51

For those here with BBC1, Question Time tonight at 10.30 has guests Maria Miller, conservative Culture Secretary, so bets are on the Leveson issue will be discussed as it's been on the news all week. George Galloway is also on, that will be interesting too.


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Post by nobodythereeither on 14.02.13 22:17

Châtelaine wrote:
Finn wrote:
Smokeandmirrors wrote:Has anyone noticed the recent habit of newspapers to print far less flattering photos than they used to? I swear I haven't seen a photogenic picture of the pair for a long time, and IMO this is a sneaky way the press are letting us know what they really think.

I agree Smokeandmirrors, a long cry from the pictures in the earlier days.



And a stunning piece in the Examiner yesterday

http://www.examiner.com/article/yes-madeleine-mccann-is-still-missing
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Even though a photo is just a second of a snap to capture an image. The combination of the two of them does tell a story.

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Post by PeterMac on 14.02.13 22:37

1998

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What a difference a lie makes !

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Post by Woofer on 14.02.13 22:50

From The Examiner

"When the parents returned the child had gone, according to them."

"But alas, they are free in the UK and marching on to "spread awareness" of Madeleine's disappearance, making money along the way".

Ooo Errr ... don`t think they`ll be pleased with that.


Chelsea Hoffman being realistic by the looks of it.
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Post by Guest on 14.02.13 22:59

PeterMac wrote:1998

2013


What a difference a lie makes !
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What a difference a lie makes
five, six little years
Brought no sun and no flowers
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Our yesterday was blue, dear
Today I'm no part of you, dear
My lonely nights are there, dear
Since I said you weren’t mine


What a difference a lie makes
There's no rainbow before me
Skies above aren’t but stormy
Since that moment of lie, that thrilling lie


It's heaven when you find truth on your
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What a difference a lie made
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Post by Guest on 14.02.13 23:01

My apologies ... I saw no way of editing the spacing of my comment ...
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Post by dragonfly on 14.02.13 23:09

PeterMac wrote:1998

2013


What a difference a lie makes !

I would say What a difference over a decade and half make ! who wouldn't look aged over that period of time?, had the before photo been 2006 you could compare ........

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Post by nobodythereeither on 14.02.13 23:14

It's not a difference in appearance due to ageing, it's about their whole mode of being.

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Post by Guest on 14.02.13 23:26

I read a post here some time ago, can't remember who it was or the topic but it was along the lines of the couple outstaying their welcome and becoming an embarrassment to themselves and their acquaintances. It's been on my mind since because it's sort of two sided. So long as they stay in the public eye people will become increasingly angry as seems to be the case now. They've outstayed their welcome on Leveson, nobody really cares about Gerry's recommendations, along the lines of where they were with their private jets and tours in May/June 2007. People may not know the facts but have instincts, it looks and feels wrong.

And just when you think everything's been said and done along comes another clip in the papers, an interview or some sighting or another. I think even the journalists are sick of it. But if they disappear into the background how many people will be here, their antics do contribute to discussion.

Just how far do they need to go to learn the lesson that you can't have your cake and eat it or that you don't bite the hand that feeds you.

I wonder if in years to come they'll make an interesting case study for media students.

Either way, it's a very good time for Tony. And that's worth anything.
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Post by Woofer on 14.02.13 23:37

Got a feeling the journos are just giving them enough rope to hang themselves. Its not as if they`ve endeared themselves to the public in the slightest - they`re so abrasive. Journos must use twitter and have read links and they must also see the pond-life supporters (with some exceptions who are probably just naive and don`t think for themselves).
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