I’m not going to say much about this, and I’m certainly not going to join in that new and ugly trend: condemnation of the parents.
I’m horrified by the smug and superior tone some bloggers are taking. It’s easy to talk and it’s easy to condemn, as if any of us has that right, but these poor people are going through torture right now and I don’t like the way fingers are being pointed at them. Yes. They were wrong to leave the children, but by Jesus they’re suffering for it now.
Sometimes, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the right. Sometimes in this life, the time when you’re right is the very time you should keep your mouth shut.
As for Sky News: what sort of vultures are they? I don’t know if this man, Robert Murat, had anything to do with the child or not, but he’s now a household name, even though he hasn’t been charged with anything. There must be more Sky reporters in the Algarve than tourists, and every one of them is snuffling around in the street outside Robert Murat’s house. And they have broadcast every last detail of his life to the whole world.
I’m not saying he’s innocent. I don’t know, and neither do Sky News, but I repeat: he has been charged with nothing. The Portuguese police have named him as a suspect and that’s all. A policeman’s suspicion is nothing more than that: speculation.
In a civilised society, people are not convicted on the basis of suspicion. In a civilised society, people are not convicted on the basis of innuendo. Yet this is exactly what Sky News are trying to do, the lazy, incompetent hacks.
I’m not saying this to protect a criminal. I’m saying this in defence of you and me, the next time somebody decides to fling an unproven allegation at one of us. Otherwise, we’re back to the Star Chamber.