And I'm not replying now specifically to you but there appears to be a lot of what can I say? putting down of the McCanns especially from the Brits. I don't know the McCanns and I doubt any of you do either. I have posted with someone on another board who lives not far from them and speaks of them in glowing terms.
Doesn't mean much, I know but again, this malignment (I just invented a word!!) of the McCanns is the same as what the Ramseys went through.
We all agree, they made a mistake but they are the ones who have lived through this, not you. I have no idea how much they have suffered and are still suffering but what they did what was apparently a common thing at the time. Unfortunately for them and Maddie, they were targeted.
And Becky's Mom, while you're getting all steamed up about parents leaving their kids alone, sometimes both my parents worked at night and my brother and I were left alone in the house. We didn't burn it down, we didn't hurt each other, we didn't wreck anything and we weren't concerned.
When I said it isn't jealousy, I meant people were not putting the McCaans down because of their social status. It's certainly not jealousy in that way.
With regards to the publicity, I just don't think it's right that one family would get so much publicity based on their social status compared to another family who were more "lower class". Is that jealousy? Maybe so, but not in the same sense as saying someone is jealous because someone has more money or a better job. It's more that I am dissapointed that another family were not given the same chances that the McCaans were given purely because they didn't have the same social status.
With regards to people leaving their kids alone, it's up to the parents. I just know personally I could never live with myself if something horrible happened to my kids all because I wanted a meal and a few drinks with friends. So for that, I would never ever dream of doing it.
Having said that, I remember being a kid and playing out in the street on my own, sitting at on the kerb at the side of the road and I am pretty sure I was as young as 6 or 7. There is no way I would let me 7 year old play out in the street on his own now.