The tide is turning: Crowdfunding campaign against ‘anti-Semitism’ lies leads to apology and donation

Mike Sivier (right) with the late, great Tony Benn.

This was an extremely pleasant surprise.

You will be aware that This Writer has been the victim of several unfounded and vindictive accusations of anti-Semitism, including attacks in the national press, that I have been fighting these claims through the press regulator IPSO, and also launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the costs of any libel actions I may have to bring to court.

A few days ago, a comment was posted to the crowdfunding page. I wanted to draw your attention to it.

It stated [boldings mine]: “Several months ago I left a post on the Vox Political website, regarding the culpability of Mr Mike Sivier’s engagement in anti-Semitism, namely that he had made anti-Semitic statement’s regarding the Holocaust. These statements were wrongly reported in the national press and media, and have since been proven to be entirely untrue.

“I apologise without reservation for my comments that agreed with these reports, and in the light of findings retract and reverse my accusations. I am ashamed that these public comments, reinforced by myself have been allowed to tarnish the character of Mr Sivier and adversely affect his journalistic professionalism, his reporting website and personal profile with unknown damage to his business interests.

“I hope that he is able to recover damages from these original sources to compensate him in some small way for what are now evidently clear and slanderous lies designed to be spread to tarnish his career and political journalism. I myself will be making a contribution to his campaign costs and encourage others to do the same to fight the current trend of underhand press reporting now prevalent in this country, to hold them to account and make an example of their political manipulation that affects us all.”

I was hugely impressed and also genuinely moved by this comment.

It is no easy thing for any of us to admit a mistake, especially after having made it on a widely-read public forum like Vox Political.

This one was, as my mother would describe it, “handsomely done” and I wanted my own appreciation of the gesture – and gratitude for the promise of funds to help my campaign – to go on record.

I hope the person who posted those words (I won’t cause embarrassment by naming him, although you can find out who it is by visiting the crowdfunding site) will stand as an example to others – and in contrast with the cowards who did indeed tarnish my good name and don’t have the guts to admit what they did was wrong.

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