It really is hard to know what to think about the continuing saga of the disappearance of poor little Madeleine McCann. However it is also hard to see who, if anyone, comes out of the investigation which has followed with any credit. The picture on the left was quite seriously shown (as a sketch of the suspect) around the holiday resort where Madeleine disappeared from by the police in the early days of the enquiry.
Now almost six months (that's right six months) since the disappearance, one of the McCanns' friends with the aid of an FBI trained artist has come up with this picture of a man she says she saw carrying a child away. Presumably the man (it is a man isn't it?) has a mouth, nose and eyes but they're not pictured. He was apparently wearing Chinos and a purple top which may have been burgundy. It could be Michael Jackson. It could be the newsagent who served me this morning (or indeed his son).
What on earth is an experienced media man like Clarence Mitchell doing lending creedence to this picture which can surely do nothing at this stage to assist the enquiry?