That well-known self-proclaimed campaigner against racism and inequality, Princess Countdown (also sometimes known as Rachel Riley) has trumpeted her support for a libellous petition condemning Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite.
Jeremy Corbyn is an antisemite and is unfit to hold any public office.
Over 50,000 signatures, and now it has mine.
— Rachel Riley (@RachelRileyRR) April 22, 2019
In so doing, she has very clearly libelled Mr Corbyn. He is not an anti-Semite – or indeed any kind of racist – and is certainly not unfit to hold public office. She may feel safe in this act as Mr Corbyn is unlikely to respond. He seems to believe that doing so would lend credibility to the lies, although I’m open to other opinions and evidence.
The petition she is supporting was put on the Change.org website eight months ago by a little-known right-wing fringe group and fake charity calling itself the Campaign Against Antisemitism.
I wrote about it at the time, pointing out that objectors could call for the petition to be removed by clicking on a link marked “Report a policy violation“. Unfortunately Change.org, in its wisdom, has only added a line saying, “We have received flags from our users that the facts in this petition may be contested. You should consider researching this issue before signing or sharing.”
One may also report the Campaign Against Antisemitism to the Charity Commission for violating the requirement that charities must be non-political, by clicking this link.
Meanwhile, Ms Riley’s libellous tweet has attracted a considerable number of responses – in opposition. The first response was from Gracie Samuels:
“This is a vile tweet it is also encouraging hate towards an individual and I am reporting you to Twitter and I hope you are sued, you horrible woman.”
She continued: “You are obsessed and this is becoming clearer by the day. Corbyn probably won’t sue you he probably pities you your childish arrogance and ignorance. You have made a libellous tweet imo you have gone too far and everyone should report it. You really are obsessed Rachel.”
Continuing the same theme, Starry Night tweeted: “Hopefully Jeremy sues you for libel. Might be able to put your maths skills to some use and work out how much you owe him in damages.”
From the threat of legal action, Twitter users moved on to discuss Princess Countdown’s personal qualities. Here‘s Dianne, giving her opinion:
“He is neither an antisemite nor unfit to hold office. You however are a particularly toxic individual, who from a position of privilege is intent on haranguing one of the only few politicians who have spent decades dedending human rights for all, not the few.”
That’s reasonable, given the evidence. As is this, from NO TO #MAYHEM: “I fail to understand how you can get away with publishing outright lies against an honest man.. What a disgraceful person you are.”
Tom, here, took a more sympathetic view – although he was scathing in other respects: “Rachel Riley is a pawn for the far right. But don’t hate on her, she genuinely hasn’t a clue and sincerely believes she her cause is justified. She may be good with numbers , but sucks at independent thinking.”
Other Tweople concentrated on the political aspect. Here‘s Christopher Johnston: “The desperation is clearly growing, petitions don’t work, but nice try. Perhaps call out May & the Tories for islamaphobia, 120,000 Austerity deaths, 3.7 mil kids in poverty, and 320,000 homeless, let’s have some balance.”
Janice Barnes tweeted this infographic, which gets to the heart of the matter:
And Mathias responded with a personal opinion on what Ms Riley was trying to do:
— Mathias (@mattdefective) April 22, 2019
Finally, some people resorted to a very simple, emotional response – which may or may not be based on the evidence of Mr Corbyn’s behaviour over the last 30-odd years in Parliament.
I’m referring to people like Pauline, who tweeted, simply, “I like him.”
Sadly, we know from experience that Princess Countdown is unlikely to take this criticism lying down. She is notoriously litigious and may decide to pursue her critics for libel. She doesn’t like it when we make her look bad, it seems.
Fortunately we all have an ironclad defence. The facts are self-evident and we are all entitled to our opinions. Furthermore, it is in the public interest to let as many people as possible know what this public figure supports and endorses.
To Princess Countdown, I can only add the following:
Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:
Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.
1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.
2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical
3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/
Join the Vox Political Facebook page.
4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com
And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!
If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!
Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.
The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here: