I passed two Evening Standard vendors shouting out the news that Shannon Mathews has been found alive - even though it's not in the newspaper. One was listening on his radio. I saw the other stop passers-by to tell them. This story probably eclipses all the politcial news of the last year put together. People who never listen to the political news if they can help it (ie, most of the public) will listen to this. That's why it's so shrewd of David Cameron to get out reaction quickly, with good quote, thus becoming part of this mammoth story. He told reporters in Gateshead:
So often in these cases, you wait and you wait and then you hear tragic and awful news. All of us were thinking that was maybe what might happen and it is great that she is alive."
Sums up what millions think.