Rachel Riley tells us she can’t sleep.
She’d have us believe it is because she is concerned about the possibility of a Jeremy Corbyn government on December 13 – and this makes sense.
It was her campaigning against Mr Corbyn that triggered the online tussle with a teenage girl that led to the libel case against me.
But Ms Riley chooses some strange allies. Consider:
The exchange that “gives” her “hope” indicates that Ms Riley supports the vague rant by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis last week, when he claimed – wrongly, as it turned out – that British Jews were afraid of a Corbyn-led Labour government.
No evidence was produced in support of this claim and we later discovered that Mr Mirvis is a staunch Conservative, a friend of Theresa May and Boris Johnson, and also a former resident of Israel who apparently supports the military subjugation of Palestinians – something Mr Corbyn strongly opposes as he advocates a peaceful solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Mr Corbyn has since received messages of support from other UK-based Jews and Jewish organisations. Those that have come from other rabbis have equal weight to the comments of Mr Mirvis as Jewish law provides no support for the position of a “Chief Rabbi” of higher rank than them; every rabbi has equal authority in principle and the position arises from secular administrative reasons including providing an intermediary between the government and the Jewish community.
I mention all this to demonstrate that Ms Riley relies on sources which, at best, could be described as questionable in her denunciations of Mr Corbyn.
This is exactly the reason a teenage girl suggested to Ms Riley that she should be “ashamed” of herself – that she had been sharing “awful” media.
The exchange that followed led to the girl saying she had received death threats from Ms Riley’s followers.
Now, nearly a year later, we can see Ms Riley will keep acting in this provocative manner – unless, perhaps, she receives a reprimand from the courts.
That is what my case is all about.
She is trying to excuse herself for the abuse received by a teenage girl – with mental health issues – by trying to silence me.
Her method of silencing me isn’t getting a judgement in court – it’s an attempt to make justice too expensive for me, with a long-drawn-out series of court proceedings.
But I am close to winning and she knows it.
All I need is the funding to see it through.
And after more than £40,000 has been donated already, you wouldn’t want me to fail for the lack of a little more, would you?
Here are the fiddly details once again:
Email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site. The address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/
You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge.
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And please consider making another donation yourself – or contributing for a first time, if you haven’t already.
Ms Riley says she is losing sleep because of the election.
Perhaps she would be better-occupied preparing to face me in court.
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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