Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The principle of reciprocity

Glass ceilings...

by Gonçalo Amaral*

The United Kingdom,‭ ‬a country that finds it difficult to respond to cooperation requests,‭ ‬has asked for access to our prime minister’s bank accounts.

It seems that said request is imperious due to mere hypotheses and few or no indicia of illegal practices in the Freeport case. In the 'Maddie case' we only requested the registries of the parents' and the friends' credit cards.

The reply was hilarious: "Bank accounts and credit cards are not known." Those doctors had mortgages and used credit cards to travel and to acquire goods and services, yet the information was denied, not even a rogatory letter managed to obtain something that was considered essential for the investigation, which was based on strong indicia and not on mere speculation.

If at the moment, for political reasons, the death of that child is considered, in England, a matter of national security, what can be said about the British attack against the prime minister of an independent, democratic country? Do the English continue to see Portugal as a banana republic where we always say 'yes'? It's about time to say 'no'.

What we expect is a reply that complies with the principle of reciprocity: bank accounts or credit cards belonging to our prime minister are not known...

source: Correio da Manhã, 31.01.2009

* former PJ inspector


Pericles Pinto said...


O meu primo Sócrates tem um cartão de crédito, mas não se lembra onde o pôs.

Ele acha que o perdeu numa viagem que fez, não sabe se às Caraíbas ou às Ilhas Cayman.

De qualquer forma, o Gordon já telefonou a dizer que mandou despedir uns quantos patarecos e que ele não se preocupe porque toda a gente já percebeu que o dinheiro que veio para a firma de advogados foi só para pagar terrenos.

É tudo uma cabala - cabaile, como se diz em inglês - e vão ver que não dá em nada.


Cláudia said...

Olá, Péricles!
Fico mais descansada, assim.
Vou já telefonar ao meu tio, para dizer ao meu primo, para descansar o homem.
Estou fartinha de cabailes para deitar abaixo os puros e honestos. Não se admite.

nancy said...

Hi Claudia

I'm afraid there is truth in the idea that the UK government think that any other country but ours (and the US of course) is a 'banana' republic! Johnny foreigner is the term politicians have been known to use.

However, they are in the minority and the majority of Brits love our continental friends, or else why would so many of us go to your shores. It's not just the sunshine, but the friendly and helpful, and most of all, child loving people there.

Goncalo Amaral knows he has a lot of backing from people in the UK who know that the McCanns and their hangers on are not telling the whole truth of what happened to poor Madeleine on May 3rd 2007!


Cláudia said...

Hi, Nancy!
Bigger countries tend to make that mistake but to be honest, I think it is probably natural. Not right, but natural. Power makes people think they are more important and more valuable than they are. Power in bigger countries probably does the same but in a bigger scale. Governments and people are two very different things. And common citizens know how to dintinguish the two.
I am perfectly aware that the British people in its majority is just like you described. Governments do not define us, fortunately.
Gonçalo Amaral received hundreds if not thousands of messages of British citizens since this whole sorry mess began. From people like you, who just want the right questions asked and ANSWERED. Who just want the truth.

nancy said...

Claudia -

I've just left a comment on the new March blog, but just wanted to say that I'm so pleased that GA has received such monumental support. If anyone deserves it, he does!


Cláudia said...

Hi, Nancy!
Thanks, I saw it. And replied.
Yes, he did receive lots of support. And I agree he deserves it. :-)