Saturday, 23 June 2007

Two opposite opinions. Who is right and who is wrong?

John O'Connor, former Scotland Yard Commander, told to “The Resident”, a English language published in Algarve, that there was a “high quality detective work in Portugal” and “dismissing any accusations” the Portuguese Police have faced. He said also that he does not believe that the police were too slow to put the borders on alert, and made a point very clear: “It is not possible to control the border such as the one between Portugal and Spain.” Of course. First, because there is no border! Roads connecting Portugal and Spain, like any other EU member, have no border posts since Shenghen. Second, there six or seven roads that cross the border to Spain, in Algarve. And 10 or 15 secondary roads, used by local residents, on daily trips to the other side.

It's curious, one of the most frequent attacks from British Media is about the fact that borders weren't immediately closed, or Police was too slow in closing it. I think I know what's the problem. Many British journalists think the all world is like UK: an island. And they never heard about Shenghen. And they don't know – or they don't want to know – that police was called 50 minutes after Kate found Madeleine has disappeared. They took 12/15 minutes to arrive. British journalist could, at least, rake a look at a map (it's so easy, with Google, nowadays...) and see the distance from Praia da Luz to Spain. It's one hour drive, by car...

But The Independent has a completely different opinion and doesn't agree with Mr. John O'Connor: “Although the McCanns have continually stated their confidence in Portuguese police, experienced detectives in Britain are astonished by some aspects of the unfolding inquiry and are willing to step in to help. Investigation of the main suspect, the Briton Robert Murat, has been haphazard, according to detectives. Well, it seems that Mr John O'Connor is not an “experienced detective”, as he has a different opinion...

1 comment:

PGTips said...

Xenophobia is alive and well in the British media. The only people who are not alllowed to be criticised are people who are non-white. Any white Europeans can be discredited, ridiculed and insulted with impunity.