It’s now nearly four days since the Sunday Times and its reporter Gabriel Pogrund published a cocktail of cobbled-together nonsense accusing me of Holocaust denial, and it seems the national media are just starting to realise that I’m not putting up with it.
Mr Pogrund’s screed prompted a feeding frenzy among the right-wing press, many of whom probably thought Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party had offered them an open goal. Big mistake.
Libel is a serious matter, and falsely accusing a person of Holocaust denial is one of its most serious forms. All the offenders have received my demand for an apology, correction and retraction. Some have responded – inadequately – and have been told to think again. I’m still waiting for a response from others – but I won’t wait forever.
One of the reasons I’m not prepared to wait very long can be found on my Twitter feed (@MidWalesMike), which has received a phenomenal amount of hatred from people of all walks of life – few of whom seem willing to read my side of the story, or to accept that there might be a sliver of truth in it (what with it containing the actual dialogues on which the allegations against me are supposedly based, and all).
I thought it might be worthwhile to show you some of the abuse I’ve been receiving. Even the worst of what follows is mild in comparison to some. The most rabid of my haters either delete their tweets to keep from being exposed, or have blocked me. In some cases, I have blocked them. It will be interesting to see whether any of those published below are deleted after being shown here.
But you should get a flavour from the following, none of which contain anything approaching rational discourse:
I have read your blog, which should come with a flush and a roll of paper, there's not much more to be said about you, or it.
— Tim Cumming (@CummingTim) February 4, 2018
You sure fooled everyone Mike. Maybe don’t deny the Holocaust next time.
— Smeggypunts (@Smeggypunts) February 5, 2018
Contact with these filthy antisemites makes me want to scrub my skin down with bleach, every single time
— Emsy (@EmsEdwards) February 5, 2018
Such a shame. But then you are an unhinged, swivel eyed anti-Semite.
— Joel Jackson (@chimesingsunday) February 7, 2018
— Paul Manski ✡️⚽️🏏🚴🏎🐈🥃📷🚀🪐🦈🏛 (@paulm1402) February 6, 2018
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) February 6, 2018
This is only part of the story on Twitter, I should add. I remain overwhelmed by the number of people who have rallied to my side – especially those who have donated to This Site using the box below to show their support (although I am just as grateful to those who can only show moral support by speaking up in my favour).
If I don’t hear anything new from the offending newspapers and TV channel tomorrow, I’ll dig out the tweets by people who may be considered to be more high-profile.
I wonder how many of those will have been deleted by the time I try to retrieve them?
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