I've shown restraint in refusing to comment on the case of the McCanns, whose child disappeared mysteriously in Portugal.
The case has been heart-wrenching, even for childless curmudgeons such as myself. I've refused to join in the sordid orgy of speculation that erupted over the summer, believing that the McCanns deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
But Mr. McCann has sorely tested my sympathy with his latest announcement - he's stated that he believes his daughter was snatched by a Predator.
Now, I know this is a stressful time for all involved, but such flights of fancy help no-one.
Let's try to keep this sensible and leave the alien abduction stories to the rednecks, eh?