Riley libel: she consents to Mike’s amended defence but claims he’s misleading over delays

The High Court in London: by the time Mike’s case gets there, Covid-19 restrictions will have been lifted, it seems. At least that removes one form of pressure!

Even in accepting elements of this case, Rachel Riley manages to be graceless.

Her solicitor has accepted the amendments to my defence against her libel claim – no, it doesn’t mean I’ve won; it simply means she won’t try to stop me putting forward my points at trial.

But the letter from Patron Law suggests that this is being done to prevent me from continuing “misleading his followers and supporters that our client has somehow delayed matters in order to avoid a trial of these issues”.

It is nearly two and a half years since Riley filed her libel claim against me and if I had had my way, the case would have gone to trial long ago. I haven’t caused any delays.

Even now, Riley is quibbling: she reckons I am repeating my Truth and Honest Opinion defences that were dismissed by a High Court judge. In fact, I will rely on factual evidence that was quoted in those defences, and will show how that material brought me to particular conclusions about the events of the case.

She intends to make submissions about it at the trial, which I expect a judge to hear politely before batting them away without a second thought – as has happened previously with other submissions she has made.

My opinion – to which I am entirely entitled, I remind everybody reading – is that this will be an attempt to drag out the hearings, and therefore the costs associated with them.

Even when denying that she’s trying to artificially lengthen the case, that’s exactly what Riley tries to do.

Or so it seems to me.

In practical terms, this means the case can move forward to trial – at long last!

In turn, this means I must make another appeal for funds. As I understand it, everything raised so far has been spent fighting off Riley’s previous applications – whether she accepts that they were time-wasting money-drainers or not – so in real terms, I’m back at square one.

So, please:

Consider making a donation yourself, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

The pressure is likely to ramp up and up from now until the end.

So far, I’ve been extremely fortunate in having your support, for which I am enormously grateful.

Now we’re coming to the last lap, the home stretch, the endgame or whatever other sporting or narrative term you wish to use for it.

I’ll have a lot of things to think about over the next few months.

Please help me make sure money isn’t one of them.

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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