Federast Cretinous Idiocy of the Week

Could Shannon have been found earlier if there had been common European guidelines for police to follow?

No, next?

Conservative MEP Edward McMillan-Scott wants the European Union to adopt a common alert scheme for missing children.

He says that Shannon Mathews would have been found much earlier if there had been one in operation.

Cretinous, simply wildly, absurdly, fouly, stupid.

Whether we should adopt the American system of Amber Alerts is one thing…..and the correct name for doing so would be that we adopt the system in common with America.

Now, let\’s see. Was Shannon whisked off over an intra-EU border? No, I think not, it\’s not actually clear to me whether she was even whisked off over a council boundary, let alone a police force boundary.

So, action at European Union level on this, ensuring that France, Germany, Slovenia and Sweden all adopt the same system for finding lost or abducted children as Dewsbury would have what effect?

Well done, collect your cigar on the way out.

Precisely fuck all.

2 thoughts on “Federast Cretinous Idiocy of the Week”

  1. Edward McMILLAN-SCOTT


    By Edward McMillan-Scott

    Shannon Matthews is spending Easter in local authority care as the police continue questioning her about her 24-day disappearance. Cara Mendoza is pining in Rotherham, from where her infants Alex and Eva were taken illegally by their father to California. Hundreds of Yorkshire girls are living in forced marriages after disappearing from our schools.

    In each case, the missing children procedures followed by the police and by other public authorities pose questions that need urgent answers. When my constituent Jessica (8) wanted to stay with her mum in Scunthorpe, the High Court tried to send her back to her dad, Victor (58), a Benidorm club owner. We won in the end, but only because a friend of mine financed the appeal.

    As a father and grandfather I can imagine some of the anguish caused to families and friends – and to the children. Yorkshire has a missing child problem and we should be working together to set up proper mechanisms in the country as a whole and in Europe.

    One couple who want answers are Gerry and Kate McCann, who are studying best practice in the United States, internationally acknowledged as the world leader in recovering missing children.

    Since 2003, nearly 400 abducted children in America have been recovered and now Belgium and France have adopted the American approach. I saw it in France last week and it is impressive. In the USA, 80 per cent of abducted children are recovered within the crucial first 72 hours.

    I have been criticised by the police for suggesting that Shannon could have been found sooner if they had followed American procedures. These include issuing an Amber Alert (named after a nine-year-old who was killed by her abductor) like a Severe Weather Warning, and an investigation based on statistics which show that two third of abductions are by a family or extended family member.

    West Yorkshire Police mounted the largest operation since the Ripper, questioning 6,000 people and searching 3,000 homes. It was a magnificent effort but did they start with the family and work outwards? Apparently not. The charity Missing People told me that it informed police of Shannon’s location some days before her discovery.

    In France, a national scheme has been in place since 2006. Gwyneth Cairns told a BBC blog “I can’t comment on the specifics of Shannon’s case, but as a Brit living in France, I have been impressed by the system which is in place over here. If a child is missing in suspicious circumstances, messages are diffused at regular intervals on the radio, the television and on motorway bridge message boards, encouraging everyone to be alert.”

    The French “Alerte enlèvement” system, in the handful of cases it has been used, has been 100 per cent successful. Once the local police or Procurator decide on an alert, a centre in the Ministry of Justice in Paris activates it within 30 minutes. Belgium has a similar system.

    Children go missing for many reasons. The Childrens Society estimate 130,000 each year in the UK run away, are ejected from home, get abducted or worse, injured or killed. Unfortunately we have no agreement on how to define missing children. The police make no distinction between missing adults or children and, despite a guidance note in 2005, each force operates a different system.

    In the Mendoza ‘tug-of-love’ case, the children aged eight and 19 months were taken by their father from Rotherham to America on March 8 and the anguished mother was interviewed by two trainee policemen who were unaware that recovery procedures – based on the international Hague Convention – could have been initiated immediately.

    The European Commission has arranged an emergency number for missing children – 116 – but only four countries have so far adopted it, not the UK. Brussels has been working on a strategy for the Rights of the Child since 2006, including a focus on the increasing number of cross-frontier marriages and break-ups.

    I met President Sarkozy’s policy adviser recently to press the case for a review of the EU’s own child abduction regulation which the last French presidency of the EU which brought in. This provides for mandatory recognition of court judgments between EU countries, whereas the Hague Convention is not binding.

    The charity Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) is chaired by Frenchwoman Lady Meyer, who as Catherine Laylle lost her two sons to her first husband, who illegally retained them in Germany. She wants to establish a UK childrens national resource centre to help the children who, on average, go missing every five minutes in this country but in addition to coordinate policy in a range of areas.

    I chaired a conference in London with Catherine last month. She is a passionate believer in the Amber Alert system and had spent the day before at the UK’s National Police College with an American expert, patiently explaining the advantages of a comprehensive system. She should know, as PACT is one of the sponsors of the patchy UK child alert system.

    I wrote to Jacqui Smith recently urging a national children centre – like that in Washington – to bring together central government, the police and the voluntary sector to work on a united front and eliminate layers of frustrating bureaucracy and duplication of work. Such a Centre would provide a single focal point for data

    collection, drafting of policies and public communication on all aspects of policy.

    Perhaps the most intractable problem facing us today is how to deal with the hundreds of girls who disappear from our schools each year to be taken into forced marriages. I am certain that our society should uphold their rights as children. When Margaret Thatcher introduced the Children Act – probably the most far-reaching and progressive in Europe – it gave a child the right to be heard in the UK courts and to independent legal representation, two concepts I am trying to introduce across the EU.

    The current inquiry by my colleagues in Westminster will I hope lead to a new approach which the rest of Europe can follow; there, ethnic minorities such as the Roma or the Turkish community in Germany pose similar cultural dilemmas.

    As I said in a debate on childrens rights in Strasbourg a few months ago, a society is well-judged by how it treats its children. We have some way to go, but I hope that Yorkshire can provide a lead.

    Edward McMillan-Scott is Conservative MEP for Yorkshire & The Humber and Vice-President of the European Parliament

  2. “…it’s not actually clear to me whether she was even whisked off over a council boundary, let alone a police force boundary.”

    Given that the investigation is continuing, the child has still not been returned to the mother, is it clear that she was even ‘whisked off’ at all (as any normal human would understand the term)…?

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