Rachel Riley has not shown that she has suffered any financial losses at all, that she can relate to her libel claim against me. Isn’t that revealing?
We are currently going through a “disclosure” exercise. In my case, this means providing material that would have been available to me before I wrote the article that she considers libellous.
In hers – well, she would have provided proof of financial harm if she could, I feel sure. The court will still have to assess general harm to her reputation, although this may be difficult when taking into account the hugely deleterious effect of her own public behaviour since early 2018, when she began her career as an activist.
She lists 107 of my articles – all written after the article about which she’s complaining, meaning they’re not directly relevant to the case – without explaining why. My best guess is she’ll be calling them aggravating factors if she wins.
Then come 235 Vox Political articles under the tag “anti-Semitism”. The subject of hatred against Jews is much-discussed on This Site and it was a major issue in the dialogue between Riley and a teenage girl, that forms the basis of the case. But I wonder what Riley hopes to gain – does she think these are examples of me being anti-Semitic? If so, she’s likely to have a nasty shock.
She also includes the other three articles I published on January 26, 2019. Again, I have no idea why. Perhaps she’s suggesting that if I wrote these as well, I didn’t have time to research the material in the article about her? If so, then – again – she’s going to be in for a shock.
Then she starts listing material in general terms – Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and CrowdJustice updates. I have instructed my solicitor to seek clarification of exactly what material this may be. I’m particularly interested in the Reddit material because I do not have an account with that platform!
On Twitter, she seems to have focused on my announcement that I had won my appeal against her strike-out application, on May 14 this year – and the subsequent messages of congratulation from former MP Chris Williamson, Jackie Walker, and former Canary Editor-in-Chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza. These are all people who have been tarred with the “anti-Semite” brush by Riley and others, so I suspect she will be trying to suggest guilt through association.
It’s a long list – even when abbreviated so that I have to seek clarification of it.
And it is weak.
Without being able to show that my article has harmed her, Riley’s position is severely weakened. My evidence will show that I had good reason to write my article, and that it addresses several issues of public interest. Her case is in trouble.
Of course, none of that will count at all if I can’t get the matter to court.
So please, if you want to see me win…
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.
I’ve said all along that this case is about buying justice; if Riley can afford a trial and I can’t, then I will lose automatically.
But if I can afford the trial, the situation may well be reversed. And we’d all like to see that – wouldn’t we?
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