About Mike Sivier

I have been a newspaper reporter for the best part of 20 years now. I switched to freelance work in 2007 in order to become a carer for my girlfriend (who is disabled). I’m interested in politics, with an emphasis on people rather than the movement of money – although I appreciate that knowledge of financial matters does help.

I’m also a musician, and have been playing in bands since 2006. I’m currently in a ska group called the Dodgie Jammers, and before that I was in Oneyeopen which was more your good old-fashioned blues-based rock ‘n roll.

Oh yeah, and about 12 years ago, with a few friends, I created Violent! the enfant terrible of the small-press comics world, for which I write Hard-Boiled Hitler. As you can probably imagine from the title, the strip is extremely anti- its subject matter, but in what I hope is a very funny way. Hopefully there will be a graphic novel collection later in 2012 but we’ll have to see.

On Twitter, I am MidWalesMike

On Facebook I have a page, ‘Mike Sivier’.

Other sites I recommend:

Oliver Cox’s Blog – Oli is a colleague of mine from Mid Wales.

69 thoughts on “About Mike Sivier”

  1. Hi Mike. I’m in Cardiff and seeking out like minded people for doing something here on the week of action starting on the 8th of December – do you know anyone in the Cardiff area who’d also be interested?

  2. Mike, I’m not on Facebook or Twitter and have some files from an ATOS recruitment agent you might be interested in. If you’d like to see them email me on sparaszczukster@gmail.com

  3. I’m not sure if you read my recent reply on one of your articles but I think it’s real important that you know; I’ve recently spoken to Atos because they’ve arranged an assessment for me & I questioned their claim that the DWP wanted me to attend a medical assessment. I said the Government say it’s a Work Capability Assessment and I was told by two different people at Atos that it’s both a WCA and a medical. So there you have it from the horses mouth and I will certainly be asking the person who is to assess me for my ME and life threatening other conditions just what qualifications they have.

    • I did read it; I stand by my response. It’s not a proper medical assessment.

      • Having had an ATOS “meeting”, it most definitely is not a medical. It was a clerk with a set of questions that she would not deviate from, which were largely irrelevant in my case.
        To be a medical, it would have to involve an assessment from a medically-qualified and nationally-registered practitioner.

  4. This is to let you know that I’ve given you two awards: Very Inspiring Blogger & One Lovely Blog. Enjoy! http://ow.ly/lH3oe

    • Thank you very much, that’s most kind!
      I see the rules of acceptance mean I must write an article naming 15 blogs that inspire me – this is sort of like a chain letter but without the foretelling of dire calamities, isn’t it? Okay… I’ll have a go soon.

  5. That’s about the size of it. It is a good way to promote one’s blog but don’t worry about the time it takes to get round to it. It’s taken me since February to start catching up. Life and times does get in the way so! Incidentally, I really do enjoy (if that’s the right word for the horrors being inflicted upon us that you write about) reading your posts, even if I don’t always manage to comment. Keep up the excellent work.

  6. Hi Mike,

    I recently signed up to your blog simply because you are publishing a side of politics that we don’t get to see in the mainstream media. All it seems to be is politicians spreading their lies and propaganda which the press seems to swallow without any questioning.

    I am soon to launch a new digital newspaper that I hope will redress and rebalance all the lies, propaganda, and bullshit the mainstream media mistake for news. The purpose of this comment is to request permission to publish the articles from the Vox Political blog on to The Rock and Roll Times.

    I am more than happy to send you a press release that states what The Rock and Roll Times is all about; its subject matters, and timeline for publication, along with answering any questions you may have.

    A big part of this new digital newspaper is to really combat the deceit this current government is guilty of with facts, truth and good old-fashioned honesty. This seems to be a growing section of society who are increasingly becoming more and more pissed off. There is also a lot of excellent blogs where good people are wanting to get their voices heard. My aim and goal is to create a platform where we can spread those voices, their views, and truth to a wider audience.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

    Will

  7. I too have launched a new blog that I hope redresses and rebalances all the lies, propaganda, and bullsh*t the mainstream media mistake for news. The purpose of this comment is to request permission to publish the articles from the Vox Political blog on to GuerrillaDemocracy.com

    • You’re welcome to reblog Vox Political articles; that is, to publish a ‘taster’ of the article – the first hundred words or thereabouts – plus a comment from yourself and a link to the VP website. That way you get hits for the reblog and I get the hits I deserve for having written the article.

  8. Robert Fillies said:

    Been reading vox for a few months now,it’s good to read articles of political news without the right wing spin of most of our newspapers(Daily Mirror excepted).I also like the compassionate view you take on those who are the less well off(rapidly becoming an underclass) a deliberate intention to create such a class by Cameron,Osborne and Duncan-Smith our currently unelected Government.
    Many thanks
    Robert Fillies.

  9. Lisa Reardon said:

    Mike – my MP – Annette Brooke (LibDem) – has replied to a recent letter I wrote to her about my concerns about the “Mandatory requirement to request consideration of revision before appeal” regarding WCA’s. She wrote to Mike Penning, got a reply and copied it to me which, of course, was only generic. He ended by writing;
    “I recognise there is a concern that former ESA claimants will be either turned away from claiming, be automatically disallowed because they will simply feel unable to sign anything which suggests they are able to look for work, or be entitled but become a soft target for sanctions. With careful handling by advisors, and this will be done, none of these outcomes need occur. I am confident that the new process will achieve its goals, and enable disputes to be resolved sooner.”

    I believe every word of course!
    Anyway – my MP has given me the opportunity to feed her a list of questions to be put towards Mike Penning as part of her meeting with him in the New Year. Are there any specific ones you’d like me to include that you may have yourself?

  10. Joseph Smith said:

    Mike, I support and agree with the contents of your blog. The bunch of Fascists thinly disguised as a coalition goverment must hate you and all of your contributors. Keep it up we need the info, as much as we need rid of these wealthy schoolboys who tricked their way in to power in 2010 as much as we need rid of that murdering pig Ian Duncan Smith. Good luck for the new year
    Rgds Joe, (Joseph Smith)

  11. thejapanfan said:

    Thank you so very much for all the work you do. The information you share with us is literally priceless

  12. Hi Mike You are not the Mike Silver who used to tour the folk scene a few years ago and had that semi hit that I first heard on Radio 2

  13. stupid me. Good blog anyway

  14. Been trying to get info on google about latest DWP official errors statistics but search keeps coming up with dangerous site and security advises not to enter the site – very strange as recently read in a small paper article it was in the billions can anyone else enlighten me or find info on this matter?

  15. Transparency eh? I have also met with very suspicious problems online getting to sites that obviously would reveal too much. Got to keep trying though.

  16. #AceNewsServices says really nice posts Mike and admire you looking after a disabled loved one.

    I live in the UK and my name is Ian, l was in insurance, finance [Debt Related] getting people out of it, but not borrowing more, for 30 years of my life.

    Went into healthcare industry for 10 years, left due to not being able to stand the system and set up working in community providing contracts for people who had debts to pay, any job using their skills.

    Had to give up this when mother became ill and for last 5 years have worked in the community helping people in need with debts, healthcare, property disputes and anything whereby they need an advocate.

    Also started Ace News Group with a now news desk and provide stories that need a little work and finding the real truth, behind the story.

    Take Care and Kindest regards,

    Ian

  17. Stephen Bee said:

    Hi Mike, Fllow your blog everyday and with regard to your ongoing fight with DWP and their claim that your and other claims were ‘vexatious’ I came across this tonight…and draw your attention to part about defending a ‘right’ to bring a vexatious claim,,,thought it might interest you…Best Wishes to yourself and your good lady..x
    http://info.fmotl.com/PrivateProsecutions.htm

  18. Contact the Meritocrats – http://www.meritocraticparty.org.uk.

  19. Hi Mike,
    Following your contribution on the WordPress forum about the recent problems, I have written to the CEO’s Office at TalkTalk asking them to look into the way TT blocks sites after an alert about inappropriate material. I’ll let you know when/if I receive a response! Best wishes, Martin.

  20. i have evidcne for you, DWP can you give me an email address i can atch documents to?

    • I’d like to know a little more about it before I go giving out email addresses. How about you send a personal message with your information included, to the Vox Political Facebook page?

  21. I was too late for the Leon Brittain post
    But here are my comments about this sudden death
    There are several types of cancers.
    Why isn’t there any mention which type he died from ?
    Why no mention of treatment he’d been receiving?
    Why no mention of the hospital he’d been attending ?
    Why was his death sudden to the masses if he had a long battle to survive ?
    Why, if he suffered a long battle with cancer that not a word was spoken ?
    Why aren’t any family members speaking out ?
    Why aren’t his fellow MP’s speaking about his ailing health before or after his death ?
    Why wasn’t there any purposeful media coverage of his illness leading up to his death ?
    Why in the face of mounting doubt about his death are those close to him still tight lipped ?

    After all, those that worked closely with him in the commons spoke highly of him in that he
    was such an important figure in the Thatcher cabinet.
    Doesn’t it sound odd given that he was under such scrutiny lately, that colleagues and family did not mention his deteriorating health ?

    All we ever saw in the press was “Died from a long battle with cancer”

    Sadly 99.9% of the masses are well and truly dumbed down hence they don’t posses an enquiring mind and as a result these cases just get lost in time.

  22. Hello- I found your story about Cameron at the pensioner’s meeting (heckled) of interest and posted a blog myself at:
    http://www.hecklethebook.org
    I am in Canada but the issues are similar.
    Michael Schultz
    Author
    Heckle: Notes from the Peanut Gallery

  23. I read your piece on suddenly Vox P. being in the limelight and I’m happy for you because it must take a great deal of work to put together! I discovered it through somebody’s tweet. I’m now a regular reader. Congratulations!
    Brad Dodd [@BradDodd]

  24. karen robins said:

    yOUR HELP AT VOX pOLITICAL – GE2015 rigged just like Scottish independance referendum. which tory knew could not go through or they would not be back at no 10. however they have Rigged the general election ……….. read on Rigged – 200,000 – 250,000 stolen floating postal votes went missing two weeks prior to GE2015. In the 35 marginal seats won by same no of votes to Tories to win those marginal seats. Edward Snowden warned us that UK Government was using Pandora to spy on UK. Americans loved using it as so much data on general public.

    watch before it is taken down …… we need to demand a rerun.
    Dennis Skinner Ed Miliband John McDonnell Russell Brand RT America GMB – Trade Union Unite the Union Ed Balls IM A LABOUR SUPPORTER,JOIN IF YOU ARE TOO & WE’LL SUPPORT THEM TOGETHER! Make “Ding dong the witch is dead” number 1 the week Thatcher dies. Antibedroom tax natter group. All Petitions Against This Government And It’s Welfare Legislation Owen Jones Supporters Of Sonia Poulton I bet I can find a million people who DON’T want David Cameron as our PM The Independent The Labour Party I Bet I can find 1 million people who agreed with Bob Crow and Tony Benn.

    supporting links
    Report of stolen postal votes http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/…/county-news-mystery-of-mis…

    Judge warns of dangers of rigging using postal votes http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Scrap-postal-votes-elections-f…

    Scottish Independence also claimed postal vote rigging. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtnnOoaoTFg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCkY4av6GY8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH6O0w0hYpE

  25. Mike, I cannot find your donate button.

    I am most grateful for all your hard work, especially during the election and am in a position to make a donation now.

    Many thanks.

    Angela

    • Mike Sivier said:

      It’s at the bottom of most of my articles. I’ve been leaving it off the reblogs lately – will try to remember to put it on those as well.

  26. Hello. I am intending to submit a guest piece but the site has a bug whereby if I submit a certain number of words, the “post comment” button and other items are pushed lower than the bottom of the browser.

  27. Hello,
    Sorry to randomly contact you this way and feel free to tell me to go away. But as you may or may not be aware the UK’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee next week. I have arranged to attend the meeting and will have a chance to brief the Committee on Monday. I noticed that no-one seems to be raising issues related to the benefits system with them and was thinking it might be helpful to do that (deaths resulting from/related to benefits certainly raise questions about the UK’s compliance with the obligation to ensure and respect the right to life).
    So, to get to the point, I am looking for information and/or input on a) what the current available information and situation is and b) any thoughts on what it would be useful for the Committee to ask and (hopefully) recommend to the government. At present all I feel I can confidently say is that the DWP is not publishing the information it has been asked for on number of deaths and its investigations into deaths following benefits sanctions. I am sure there are more substantive points about the ways in which the system fails to respect the State’s obligations on the right to life, but I have not yet found reliable info that I can use – I am no expert on this stuff, just someone who has enough friends in the system to know there are major problems.
    If you have any thoughts on what it would be useful to raise or some suggestions on where I should look for more information I would be very gratefully, but as I say no obligation. And if you are interested I can provide more info on the UN Human Rights Committee review side of things – just don’t want to overload one comment with detail.

    • Mike Sivier said:

      I’ve posted your comment onto today’s article about the benefit deaths. Hopefully we’ll see some responses very soon.

  28. Chris Tandy said:

    Dunken Smithhas created for himself a protective ring of steel. It matters little that people are finally waking up to the fact that he is an unbelievably evil person, a sadist who gets some sort of pleasure from other’s suffering.
    Several months ago he was obviously stalling for time, to try and find some way of dressing up the death-list as to be ‘not so bad as we thought’, bizarre though that is. Subsequently he has come to realise that it will make little difference to him if the true figure of 91,000+ is released. A bit more hate will not make him feel queasy first thing in the morning.
    Why? Because he has the backing of the Westminster village-idiot-in-chief, caMoron. He can hardly turn to IDS and ask what on earth he has been doing killing all these people without it reflecting badly on himself, to put it absurdly mildly.
    So the public get up a petition to ask for the sacking of this genocidal maniac. So what? caMoron will tear it up, and thank the gods that he has this madman doing the dirty business which aids and abets his ‘Fauxsterity’ fantasy.

    • Mike Sivier said:

      It seems increasingly clear to me that 91,000+ is not the true figure. I neglected to include IB/SDA deaths in the January-November 2011 figures (because the DWP did not include them in its previous statistical release, and will have to add them into the total. That bumps it up to around 118,000. That’s not the total number of incapacity benefits-related deaths, though, because Johnny Void has recently pointed out that the deaths recorded after a ‘fit-for-work’ decision are only those that occurred within a two-week period of the decision/end of claim. Many more may have happened after the DWP washed its hands of those claimants. Finally, there is the issue of the migration from IB/SDA to ESA, and the suggestion that the overall number of deaths has stayed steady, relative to the overall number of deaths. This is a more interesting (read “difficult”) issue but we must first consider that the assessment regime is harsher, meaning more people have been found fit for work wrongly (we know this because of the appeal results) and therefore many deaths are likely to have taken place that have not been recorded by the DWP. Then we must consider the fact that the Conservatives have been avid to claim that they have been improving the system all the time, in order to prevent untimely deaths. In that case, why has the death rate stayed as high as it has? Finally there is the issue of untimely deaths of people on IB/SDA; my recollection is that it didn’t seem to be a huge issue – but I stand ready to be corrected. Can anybody point me to a mass of information condemning those benefits as much as ESA?

  29. Soupdragon said:

    Please could you amend the article. People don’t “suffer from autism”. They are people with autism. Thank you. Raise awareness and tolerance of ASD please

  30. Hi Mike,
    Have you thought about removing the link to Diary of a benefit scrounger as the author has gone to pastures new (as you are no doubt aware) and the remain of her blog is just unmoderated spam! and not worthy of a prominent link from your site.

    Keep up the good work

  31. I have nothing but respect for your thoughtful, well researched and relevant journalism. You are a beacon of light in a minefield of misinformation. I wish there were stronger words to express “Thank you, Mike”.

  32. Hiya Mike,

    Would it be okay to email you please about the Personal Independence Payment.
    I tried to email but could not find one.

    regards

    Babboshka

    • Mike Sivier said:

      I really don’t like handing out my email address.
      It’s fine to send an initial contact letter as a comment for the blog. Just mark it “NOT FOR PUBLICATION”.

  33. tried to donate to todays post: Paypal usually allows payment by credit card without an account (on other sites I visit). Failed today because Paypal seemed to insist that I must set up an account, choose password, and so on. I really do not want a PayPal account. I would like to donate, to this cause: am I doing it wrong?

  34. I, Disabled Bloke said:

    Mike, I don’t do social media & i have to remain anonymous for now due to on-going tribunals but, I wanted to share this with you that I’ve written & forwarded to certain media outlets up & down the UK. This story can’t disappear from the public eye http://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/talkmd/topic/the-nations-shame/ Use it as you see fit

  35. I, Disabled Bloke said:

    I would like to add & should of said, you are one of few writers that inspired me to write that piece. I hope you don’t feel that reflects badly on you. I am not a writer by trade or the most intelligent bloke. Just an angry wobbly one.

  36. I ,Disabled Bloke said:

    Thanks for your assistance Mr Sivier. This is a follow up that I’ve arranged. I appreciate it will expose me to the DWP but, it’s for the greater good

  37. I, Disable Bloke said:

  38. Hi,
    Thanks for all your work.
    Was getting annoyed with all the misinformation around Corby’s speech so i studied it and made a little doc which is a summary of it… (pdf version attached)
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wblo9dcFPwIAclER0Cbf1Car1sn9YuGUCsvLbwC30CE/edit?usp=sharing
    Tried to make it concise! Feel free to use/reuse/edit/send on or anything if you think that it will be useful in any way!
    All the best
    Rood Dude

  39. Mike, Please make your blog less interesting, thoughtful and well-written. I’m trying to get some work done here…..

  40. Hi Mike – I’ve linked your A&E piece on my blog. I would have linked it on the actual piece – but I couldn’t find anywhere to do it. Great piece in a terrible way.

    https://lyndajanepurcell.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/private-healthcare-features-photos-of-people-smiling-for-no-apparent-reason/

  41. Iain Crawford said:

    Hi Mike,
    You may want to check this out

    http://labourvision.org.uk/labour-vision/labour-doesnt-just-have-an-antisemitism-problem-it-has-a-cowardice-problem/

    Seeing as you are mentioned in it?
    “anti-Semites like Mike Sivier of Vox Political, or Tom Clarke of Another Angry Voice””

    • Mike Sivier said:

      I’ve seen it. It links to the Campaign Against Antisemitism’s article about me, with which it managed to affect the county council election result on May 4. The assertions in that article are deliberate lies, either distorting my words or taking them out of context so they appear to say something other than the original intent. I published a rebuttal on This Site but of course these people don’t link to that. The article was a criminal act and I have taken the matter up with the police.

  42. a n onther said:

    I like your blog but for a month I have had problems with it you have no listed email so the error is todo with “Sucuri Website Firewall – Not Configured” wordpress plugin returning error HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden so pages do not update.

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