Was Twitter campaign against Owen Jones organised by supporters of Rachel Riley – or of something more sinister?

Abuse: Here’s far-right Brexiteer James Goddard doing his best to rile Owen Jones in the incident last January that formed the basis for the Twitter attack.

Left-wing columnist Owen Jones has been the target of a Twitter ‘dogpile’ campaign – apparently organised by supporters of Countdown co-host Rachel Riley, who has attacked him in the past.

The aim was to target Mr Jones for abuse on the social media platform, using a hashtag with an offensive title that I shall not repeat here – although you can find it in Mr Jones’s own tweet below, in which he attributes the origin of the abuse campaign to a person going by the handle @SirBasilBrush:

The identity of the culprit is apparently confirmed in this tweet, using information from Laura Murray:

I did a bit of research into this individual and it seems he is a long-term supporter of Ms Riley. His timeline is littered with messages of support for her – including this one, in which he endorses a thread she wrote attacking a certain teenage girl. My own article on that particular saga has led to a libel suit (see the appeal to support my CrowdJustice campaign, below):

The Riley connection is important because other supporters of that person expressed their disgust when the offending hashtag was taken down – by linking it with one attacking their idol:

This Twitter user has also shown long-term support for Ms Riley:

But it also links those people with those on the extreme right wing of politics.

The clip used to trigger the hashtag attack was of far-right pro-Brexit protesters shouting abuse at him during and after a TV interview on College Green back in January.

Ms Riley’s antipathy towards Mr Jones is a matter of public record. To quote just one example, she attacked him in January this year – inaccurately, and shockingly – over his coverage of Holocaust Memorial Day.

She protested at the time that she is not a supporter of the far right. Maybe that’s true; I don’t propose to comment on it, one way or the other.

But questions need to be asked about why supporters of the far right seem so keen to link themselves with her.

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9 thoughts on “Was Twitter campaign against Owen Jones organised by supporters of Rachel Riley – or of something more sinister?

  1. RB Oldman

    A blatantly partisan piece to try to link Jewish Rachel Riley with the far right. Nick Griffin tweeted supporting Jeremy Corbyn so two could play at that game.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      You are mistaken. Nick Griffin tweeting support of Jeremy Corbyn is not the same as hard-right extremists tweeting support of Rachel Riley. Neither Mr Corbyn nor Ms Riley can influence what other people do. But my question about why they do it stands.

    2. Tanya likkens

      Another patriarchal male, Owen Jones, trying to oppress a woman. Owen, stop mansplaining to women all the time. You can’t understand what it’s like to be one.

      You are so sexist and anti-semitic.


      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        The state of this. Accusing someone (who isn’t here) of sexist behaviour and anti-Semitism without even a fragment of evidence. This is the lowest kind of smear tactic on the social media at this time.

        Come back when you’ve grown up.

  2. suzanna valentine

    so anyone who disagrees with the looney left are far right? I’m sorry but Owen Jones IS a wanker. I’m sure that the majority of the country are sick to death of being called racist or far right simply for wanting Brexit and less immigration that often leads to the death of our own citizens. You don’t like that? Then I suggest you move to a country that enjoys being the laughing stock of the world for hating itself.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I didn’t refer to “anyone who disagrees with the looney left”, so your initial statement is bizarre and inappropriate.

      I would say that anybody who refers to people of moderately socialist opinions as “the looney left” probably is of the far right, though.

      I’m interested to know how you come to claim intimate knowledge of Mr Jones’s sexual proclivities. Have you been spying on him? Or are you just displaying further evidence of your own ignorance, abusiveness and profanity?

      The majority of the country didn’t want Brexit. The majority of the country isn’t bothered about the amount of immigration.

      You are a racist. You suggest that immigration leads to the deaths of UK citizens but this is nonsense. Immigrants provide a net benefit to the nation, as official figures show. Conservative government policies, on the other hand, have been killing UK citizens for nearly a decade.

      And I don’t need to move to a country that enjoys being the laughing stock of the world. I already live in such a country – due mostly, I feel sure, to the opinions of people like you.

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