menime123 wrote:It’s the human element of it all - we would all hope the government would never stop funding a search for one of our own children. The extension money would only ever have been approved if there were viable leads still to investigate. We’re only talking a few thousand pounds to potentially uncover the truth, and the total spend is nothing compared to Brexit costs.
If you want to be a cynic, it’s very low cost to a government who can claim brownie points should she ever be found. But most people in the UK would be interested in knowing what happened to this poor girl... whatever the outcome. As I said, it’s so rare for a young child to go missing and not be found.
The protagonist in me wants to say that whilst this most recent authorised fund may only be £154k, we've already spent £11m
- and we are no further forward in terms of understanding her disapperance than we were 10 years ago.
And you reducing the signifcance of that £154k to "a few thousand pounds" when there's so many other things it could be spent on is ironic. Not quite sure why Brexit is relevant unless to disprove your point further (in that we have even less money which makes that £154k even more precious).
Again - not my views, but the protagonist in me.
What has been spent has been spent and we can do nothing about it. £154k of government funds is a tiny amount of their budget. If we can agree to pay €20 billion
towards Brexit then yes, we can spend a few thousand
trying to find a missing girl - and if it works, no one will bat an eyelid at the cost towards finding her.
Again, imagine it was your child, sister, niece, granddaughter, neighbour or friend that had gone missing and imagine being told the government will not finance viable leads that might lead to her recovery. I stand by the idea that the government would only agree to finance the search if they had been satisfied there were leads to investigate.
We are Britons and we strive to do what is right, not what is cost effective. Is it in the national interest to find her? I think so, yes. This is a story that had national attention and you’d be hard to find anyone who didn’t really care about what happened to her. As a nation I think we want to know and should we ever find out, no one will care about how much it cost.
And believe me, I don’t usually agree with anything this government does, but I do agree with this.
Girls Aloud: Only 5 years until their 20th anniversary reunion tour! (and only 5 years until I can change my signature...)