Did this week's decision to lob Kate 'n' Gerry a few quid for the Find Maddie fund mean we'd seen the end of ridiculous tabloid stories relating to the disappearance? Au contraire. The focus has instead shifted to sitting duck Robert Murat, who if anything has suffered far greater smears, lies, insinuations, innuendo and accusations at the hands of the gutter press. But he hasn't hired Carter-Fuck, so let's get him!
Murat was originally arrested as a suspect. One Sunday Mirror hack, saying she thought he was a bit funny and reminded her of Ian Huntley, shopped him to the Portuguese cops, no doubt in a journalistic endeavour to find the truth rather than to get her jammy little mitts on the gargantuan reward pot. That's the British press nowadays. If you look a bit funny, you're a fair target for the sort of nasty smears and implications that media lawyers probably could stop, if they gave a shit about the likes of you, which they don't. Are you Kate 'n' Gerry, Robert Murat? No, so you'll just have to suffer.
The Hate's got some drivel in today sniping at Murat.
Yes, check the URL. It's filed away under 'showbiz'.
Murat friend quizzed over Madeleine finds car torched - and the word 'speak' scrawled beside it
A man who was questioned by police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance had his car set on fire yesterday and the word "speak" scrawled beside it.
Computer expert Sergey Malinka, 22, an associate of official suspect Robert Murat, woke up to discover the smouldering Audi A4 close to his flat in Praia da Luz, the Algarve resort where Madeleine went missing last May.
'Associate' - what? Can anyone make any sense of this yet? He knows Murat and his car's caught fire. And...?
Sprayed in red paint on the pavement next to it was "fala" – Portuguese for "speak".
Terribly cryptic, these Portuguese vandals. Round my way they just tag your garage and head off laughing on bicycles and mopeds. In Portugal they leave teasing little words.
The Russian expat said yesterday: "Who the hell has written that? What exactly do they want me to say?
Some shit about Robert Murat to try and imply something about him now that we're not allowed to slag off Kate 'n' Gerry for fear of Carter-Fuck beating down our doors?
"They must be talking about Robert. There's nothing to say. I'm angry that someone would do this and I want to find out who it was."
Ah yes. Well that may be the case. But it could mean this chap is being asked to talk about something else. After all, he drives an Audi. Most people who drive Audis spend their lives cutting people up on the motorway while braying loudly into mobile phones. Wankers. Anyway, let's not pre-judge this fellow...
He was a business associate of Murat and was designing his website when Madeleine vanished shortly before her fourth birthday.
Dan dan DANNNNNNNNNNNNNN! A website designer!
He was questioned as a witness after phone records showed that Murat phoned him at 11.40pm on the night she disappeared.
Police also seized computers from his apartment and discovered that he had wiped their hard disks.
He strenuously denies having anything to do with Madeleine's disappearance, and has claimed that he was beaten up by police during the interrogation to try to get him to admit involvement.
See, there's the 'balance'. A smear by implication and association, then a 'strenuously denies'.
It is believed to be the third time a vehicle has mysteriously been set alight close to his house in the middle of the night, one of which was a van belonging to Mr Malinka.
Both the previous apparent arson attacks were before Madeleine's disappearance.
Oh well maybe someone's targeting him for another reason then? Maybe? Or is the Mail just hoping we haven't read this far?
So this will be the pattern now: Kate 'n' Gerry are off limits, so we have to get Murat. It's going to be a horrible few weeks, I fear.