Feb 22 2016
If there is one story that boasts two ‘villains’ sure to bring out the trolls in force it is that of the missing child Madeline McCann and her parents Kate and Gerry. My word, the finger-pointing fiends who relish the opportunity to punch out a few spiteful words about this couple on Twitter never seem to dwindle in number, all boringly reminding us that they ‘shouldn’t have left their children alone’. We all know that, Kate and Gerry McCann certainly know and regret doing that…but what strikes me is the sanctimonious attitude of all the parents out there who seem to exist with their eyes glued to the children 24 hours a day. They don’t, because no parent does. The only difference between Kate and Gerry and the baying masses is that Kate and Gerry made one poorly judged and timed decision too many while others get away with it.
There is not a mother alive who hasn’t taken her eyes off her child for a minute, or 10 or 60. And despite all those who claim never to have done so, there isn’t a mother who hasn’t left her baby or child alone in the car and gone into a shop, to pay for petrol or to walk their older child into the school yard. I see these things happen every day. I see toddlers sitting in their pram outside shops, as though it is 1955. What mother hasn’t put a baby down for a nap and gone out the back to hang out washing and left the baby alone unsupervised in the house, yards away, metres away if you’ve a big garden? Stop being so smug about this couple – they felt complacent that their children were safe in their apartment in a family friendly resort, don’t tell me they are the only parents to have done this. No abducted child went missing being supervised by its parents – Sarah Payne, April Jones, James Bulger, Ben Needham – yet the McCanns will forever fill the role of scapegoat for everyone elses own personal guilt.Copyright © 2007-2016 Cultured Views. All rights reserved.