Only one thing can now halt the Rachel Riley libel trial: TAX

I’ve just had a nasty shock.

My solicitor has been in touch to remind me that, when he told me in April the amount I would need to raise in order to take the Rachel Riley libel case to trial, he said I needed £60,000 plus VAT.

We have raised 60K but the VAT is still outstanding. At a rate of 20 per cent, it’s an extra £12,000 – although the actual amount is closer to £20,000 because of extra work that my solicitor has had to do, prior to and alongside preparing for the trial.

So my trial may be in jeopardy because of tax, of all things.

I could spend the rest of the article railing at the perceived injustice of this… but I have already done that elsewhere (much to Mrs Mike’s annoyance). It’s better just to get on with the task at hand.

I know you all thought the pressure was off but it is back on again, in a big way. We have only 18 days to raise a significant amount of money.

So – and please forgive me for having to do this again – here are the instructions:

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.

And don’t forget that if you’re having trouble, or simply don’t like donating via CrowdJustice, you can always donate direct to me via the Vox Political PayPal button at the bottom of this article, where it appears on that website. But please remember to include a message telling me it’s for the crowdfund!

If you make a special effort to make as many people aware of this as possible, I have no doubt we can make it. On its first day, the CrowdJustice fund raised £5,000. On a single day since then, we raised as much as £7,000.

To be so near to our goal, and yet so close to being defeated, is agonising. Let’s put an end to this case – in the only way it should end. Let’s make sure justice can happen.

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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1 thought on “Only one thing can now halt the Rachel Riley libel trial: TAX

  1. Mike Sivier Post author

    This is just a quick addition to thank the reader (he’ll know who he is) who just sent an absolutely stunning donation via This Site’s PayPal button. It’s humbling to have people who are willing to show their support to such a degree.

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