McCanns used fund to pay mortgage

Blue Velvet

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Clarence Mitchell, the family's official spokesman, said: "The fund has always had the ability to assist the family financially if necessary, and they've only used it to pay for two mortgage payments earlier this year.

"When they were made arguido [official suspects], it stopped, which was a mutual decision on the part of the fund and the McCanns - they were happy to accept that their changed status meant they were no longer entitled to that assistance."

On the Find Madeleine website, the fund lists one of its purposes as to "support the family".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/crime/article/0,,2201818,00.html
 

xUKHCx

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I shall reframe from going into my views about the whole McCann case because i like being a member of MR.

But this was pretty obvious.
 

RedTomato

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Irrespective of my opinions of the McCanns, I don't have a problem with this particular use of the fund.

They've had to take a lot of time off their paid work for their campaigning and for their maddy-related unpaid work. Mortgages need paying, food needs buying, bills have to be paid.

If you contributed to the fund, you were saying that you believed they didn't do it, and that you wanted to support them in their unpaid maddy-related work. Part of that support is paying their mortgage, bills etc.

It would be different if they were sitting about doing sod all, but obviously, they're not.

I receive some specific funding for my art activities, (via an Arts Council funded organization) and the funders made it very clear to me that I could, if i wanted, use the money for materials, or for paying my household rent, bills etc so that I could put more time into art, instead of having to work more hours at my non-art job to pay my bills.

Damn, hope they (Arts Council) don't catch me sitting about, posting on MR :)
 

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I remember the good old ways when people were innocent until proved guilty. Trial by tabloids diminishes every person who reads this rubbish.
Well they have been using it to their advantage and been running it like a media campaign so they have bought any backlash on themselves.

Guardian reader here BTW.
 

Doylem

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Well they have been using it to their advantage and been running it like a media campaign so they have bought any backlash on themselves.
A media campaign... yes, of course. What would YOU do if you lost a child?

I don't know what happened that night. You don't know what happened either.

While trying to do away with 'kangeroo courts', and people being strung up by baying mobs, we invented the jury system. But it seems there are plenty of people who'd be happy to go back to the old ways. "Innocent until proved guilty" isn't just some catchphrase. It's the bedrock of our judicial system...
 
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As the fund was set up to help them continue a media campaign to find the kid, I don't see the problem using it to pay the mortgage. They're having to trek around the world (and aren't working) so surely part of the campaign costs involved mortgage payments, along with food, hotel accommodation and so on.

Whether or not you think they did it or whether you like them and so on, millions of people have given to the fund willingly, and it's a legitimate cost for the fund to cover, so I don't see the problem.
 

FireArse

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Paying mortgages

I remember the good old ways when people were innocent until proved guilty. Trial by tabloids diminishes every person who reads this rubbish.
I couldn't agree more.

I too think that the use of the fund to pay for the mortgage is acceptable, I have paid into it - I agree with its use in that manner.

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