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Tony Parsons

Some of the worst British press reaction against the Portuguise Officials was done by Tony Parsons against the Portuguise ambassador in London António Santana Carlos.

See vita of Journalist →Tony Parsons at wikipedia.

Extract: In 2007, Parsons wrote a series of articles about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from a beach in the Algarve in Portugal, in the Daily Mail. The tone with which these articles were written was later described as having a “touch of arrogant xenophobia” by The Guardian's Marcel Berlins. The Press Complaints Commission that year received 485 complaints, a huge increase in the number of complaints in comparison to previous years, his article on the McCann affair receiving the most complaints. In an article for the Daily Mirror in 2007, entitled “Oh Up Yours Senor”, he said of Portugal's ambassador to Britain, Senhor António Santana Carlos, “And I would respectfully suggest that in future, if you can't say something constructive about the disappearance of little Madeleine, then you just keep your stupid, sardine-munching mouth shut”.

The Parsons article see →Tony Parsons 'Oh, Up Yours Senor', Daily Mirror, Copy exists at joana-morais.blogspot dated 29 October 2007, original was deleted.

Tony Parsons, Times Columnist - OH, UP YOURS, SENOR (up yours fuck you ass go fuck yourself asshole blow me fuck off screw you sex … Up yours you inbred cocksucking piece of dogshit.) Portugal's ambassador to Britain, Senor Antonio Santana Carlos, says that the Madeleine McCann case has seriously damaged relations between the two countries. Well, whose fault is that? It is the fault of the spectacularly stupid, cruel Portuguese police. I have never much cared for the convention of calling cops “pigs” or “filth”, but I am happy to make an exception. They have tried to cover their humiliation at coming nowhere close to finding that stolen child by fitting up her parents. The decline in relations is also the fault of the appalling Portuguese media, happy to print any piece of poisonous trash spoon-fed to them by “police sources” treating the abduction of a small child as light entertainment. And the Portuguese public must also take their share of the blame. The sight of locals jeering at Kate McCann as she went in for questioning made me feel as though these leering bumpkins were not from another country, but another planet. And the good ambassador can also be blamed for the decline in relations. When he should be exercising a little diplomacy, he huffs and he puffs about the McCanns' tragic decision to leave their children sleeping alone on the night Madeleine was stolen. “In Portugal we have the concept of a nuclear family,” sniffs Senor Carlos. “That the families all live together.” They made a mistake, ambassador. Their lives have been wrecked. That is punishment enough, without your asinine, unwanted comments. And I would respectfully suggest that in future, if you can't say something constructive about the disappearance of little Madeleine, then you just keep your stupid, sardine-munching mouth shut.