There’s now less than £2,500 left to raise – according to my very rough calculations – so I thought it might be good to hear more from the people who have supported my defence against Rachel Riley’s libel claim against me.
These “hardcore antisemites” and “vulnerable people… who have all donated money based on false claims” – according to Riley herself, have been eloquent (some might say loquacious) in explaining why they are nothing of the sort.
Some of their latest reasons for supporting my defence against the woman who made these wild claims about them are – well, they speak for themselves:
“Good luck Mike, sorry I can’t afford more. But wealthy bullies need to be shown that money should not be used as an abuse of power when simple common sense dialogue is the obvious solution, as nobody wins in the end …”
How true. And despite having the right of reply to my original article, Riley never took advantage of it; she just went for the nuclear option straight away.
“I hope you win. For far too long people full of self importance have believed they can say and do what they want without being brought to account. They need to learn they are not special and should lead by example, showing a moral fibre we would all wish to aspire to.”
“You’re not wrong about finances getting hard – but Justice is a bit of a thing for me, and that, it turns out, means more to me than the food on my plate. As long as I am able, I’ll keep sending you what I can.”
“Please keep going Mike! Can’t wait to see her in court. Your case is so clearly right. I used to follow Rose on Twitter. She was really brave.”
“My dad supported you Mike, he was a journalist and saw this for what it is. He passed away over two years ago, I can’t believe it’s still going on. All power to you.”
“I’ve just paid over half of Rishi Sunak’s energy bribe to you. I don’t need it, and it’ll obviously annoy him if he knows that this is what I’ve done with it.”
Even the smallest donations help, if people know their contribution is still needed. If these messages have moved you to help hit the target (after nearly three and a half years of rundraising), here are the details:
Please make a donation via the CrowdJustice page. Keep donating regularly until you see the total pass the amount I need.
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.
Use other social media in the same way.
The words of my funders really have been as important as their financial contributions in giving me the will to keep going.
With just a few more donations I should be sure to get into court to defend myself – and then I will do my best to make my words count.
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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