Riley troll tries scaremongering to stop you supporting CrowdJustice campaign

A desperate Twitter troll tried to claim people supporting my CrowdJustice campaign would be liable to pay any costs if I lose.

It was a desperate attempt to undermine the huge amount of public support I have received, with nearly £35,000 provided for the campaign.

As is now well-known, celebrity game-player Rachel Riley is taking This Writer to court, claiming that I libelled her over her ill-treatment of a teenage girl with mental health issues.

It seems she wanted to bully me into paying her thousands of pounds, by threatening me with a court action in which I could not possibly afford to defend myself.

So I launched a funding campaign with CrowdJustice, drawing a huge number of donations from more than 1,000 contributors.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, I have been subjected to a near-constant barrage of lies, insults and other vilification from supporters of Ms Riley – often the same people who have also falsely accused me of anti-Semitism in the past.

This one turned up after another Twitter user posted a list of fellow socialists – including Yr Obdt Srvt – calling for others to support us. He/she claimed that one of us was a Holocaust denier so I called it out as a troll:

Notice the lack of any evidence in support of the claims and the threat to report the original tweeter to the Labour Party – which has proved sadly supine in complying with the wishes of these hatemongers.

This one turned its focus on me, repeating false claims of anti-Semitism and claiming I was a misogynist – I have no idea if this anonymous person is male or female – before turning its attention to the Riley libel case.

Let us be clear about this: Nobody supporting my CrowdJustice campaign will have to pay any more than their initial donation, even in the remote possibility that I lose.

This is nothing but scaremongering, based on unproved speculation.

But now I have a question:

How do you feel about this attempt to manipulate you?

This is a person who has tried to mislead you and others like you who may otherwise want to support my CrowdJustice campaign, trying to help Ms Riley by making me unable to fund my defence.

I think that’s despicable, don’t you?

If you do, then please make your disgust count by contributing to the campaign. Libel cases are notoriously expensive and I need more funds if I’m to mount a successful defence.

You could email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this CrowdJustice site. The address is

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge.

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

If you use other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some cash yourself.

Money is no object to my opponents; they are trying to use their wealth to buy the result they want.

I think that is a deplorable abuse of the justice system.

I hope you do too.

Please come to the CrowdJustice page and help defeat them. It only takes a donation.

PS. Here’s some extra reassurance:

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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10 thoughts on “Riley troll tries scaremongering to stop you supporting CrowdJustice campaign

  1. Zippi

    If they mean that the costs would come out of any monies that have been donated, they are, probably, correct. Anything beyond that is cruel, manipulative scaremongering. It would be interesting to know who these persons are. I hope that the funding campaign is still going strong for you, Mike. We may disagree on many things, as is right and proper but injustice is one thing that I cannot tolerate and any attempt to try to thwart due process should be fought most vehemently. I salute you!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      They mean if I lose, contributors would have to help pay the fine – which is nonsense. Thanks for the kind words!

  2. John David Ingleson

    Although my account page at WordPress lists Mike’s VP news blog as being followed, every time I try to ‘Like’ the article, a WordPress dialog box flashes up and immediately disappears again – but without my ‘Like’ being registered!
    Is anyone else having this problem?

  3. ColinL

    Mike you used the word ‘fine’ in your comment. For purposes of clarity, any payment as a penalty, is described as being damages, not a fine.

    I am appalled that Riley should now be attempting to undermine your ability to pursue your case by suggesting that those who donate a handful of pounds as a helpful humanitarian gesture, would become liable for costs or damages. As the Employment Tribunal commented in the Fraser v UCU alleged antisemitism case, there is a worrying trend towards lack of acceptance of plurality of views in these issues. Ms Riley may disagree with your opinion of how she treated the young woman but you are entitled to express your opinion, subject to the restrictions imposed by criminal law of discrimination, incitement to violence or such gross exageration as to undermine her reputation.
    Perhaps she undermines herself by this recent attempt?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Slip of the keyboard (and the mind). You are correct – damages, not a fine.

      It’s not Rachel Riley making the suggestion (at least, not directly – I don’t know if anyone else is behind the Twitter troll’s words).

      1. ColinL

        Correction accepted that it is not Riley herself who put up the current message. Clearly her solicitors original demand the people provide the contact details of their appointed legal representative on line rather than by correspondence was intimidating in itself

  4. spirit

    If that’s who I think it is, then I believe her name might ring a bell for you or, if not, then certainly the group for whom she is a spokesperson will be familiar. You’ll also find her mentioned in connection with several of the more notorious ‘Labour a/s’ stories of the last few years (and as recently as last month). I’m always dumbfounded by the credence given to this individual’s accusations given her history, though the same goes for several of this small group of ‘campaigners.’ You mention she doesn’t provide any evidence – this is nothing new – I can’t understand why the CPS didn’t do her for perjury or, at the very least, wasting police time back in 2015 when she was shown in court to be making shit up.

    Good news for you is that they’ll probably all be spending the next couple of days going after a new target – a high-profile, left-wing WOC who they see as one of them scary Corbynites – that’s veritable twatnip to them!

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