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Mike to appeal after High Court judge strikes out defence against Riley libel accusation

Rachel Riley’s libel case against me has taken another twist after a High Court judge decided to strike out all of my defence.

I now have to take the case to the Court of Appeal, which will cost a considerable amount of money.

I also have to pay Riley’s costs relating to the strike-out application. The amount is under discussion and my solicitor has suggested £10,000 as a potential starting-point if I need to make an interim payment.

This is a bitter blow. But it is not a defeat.

My legal team and I have good reason to believe that the decision can be overturned.

But – and I am really sorry to put this on you – we cannot do a single thing without more funds.

It is as I have said all along. Justice is now an incredibly expensive plaything for the rich, and if – like me – you are not a millionaire then you are unlikely to get it.

Rachel Riley knew this when she launched her case against me.

This case has always been about showing that people can win if we all stand together against injustice, and that has never been more true than now.

The average donation to the CrowdJustice fund is just £20. Not a huge amount at all. But thousands of people contributed and it got me a long way.

If you all contributed just £20 more, I could take this back to court and demonstrate why my defences – all of them – should be reinstated.

Will you stand up for justice?

Will you help me?

Or do you want to give up, and let everything we have done so far go to waste?

(I think I know the answer to that last question!)

For those who don’t know how to help, here’s how it works:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, 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.

This is the most desperate moment in the case so far.

If Riley wins, it means rich celebrities will have judicial support for the kind of activities that so bitterly harmed the teenage girl in this case.

I cannot allow that to happen without taking action. You have given me every reason to believe you feel the same.

It’s time to rally.

It’s time to make it all worthwhile.

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Riley libel case: hope for the best – but we must plan for the worst

As I write this, the judge has still not handed down her verdict on Rachel Riley’s application to have my defence against her libel accusation struck out.

In a week’s time it will have been a month since the hearing. Even with Christmas between then and now, it seems a very long time to wait for a judgment.

On one hand, this could be a good thing – it could indicate that she is inclined to find in my favour and dismiss the application, and has spent the time ensuring that such a judgment is corrrect in law.

On the other, she could be finding ways to justify a verdict in favour of Riley.

Either result could be contested; both sides could appeal, if they could find a justification for it – and if one of us has the funds.

Then there is the question of the actual trial. That is unlikely to happen until 2022, I am told, but it will still need to be funded.

If the judge finds for me in the current application, some of the pressure will be relieved as my £29,000 legal fees would have to be paid by Riley – but we cannot rely on that.

We can only rely on the CrowdJustice cash – and that fund is running low.

This case has always been about whether justice should be allowed to be bought by the person with the biggest bank account.

If you still believe that justice should be decided on the evidence instead, then I must ask once again:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, 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 hate making these requests.

But I have no choice.

I believe in justice – as do you.

It seems this is the only way any of us can get it.

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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Crowdfunder by wheelchair user who was attacked in Hull hits target straight away

Karl Dean: this image was taken shortly after the incident on August 23, showing the head injury he sustained.

A wheelchair-user who was tipped out of his chair in a disablist attack by a thug has launched a crowdfunding appeal to replace equipment that was damaged – and it has already hit its target.

Karl Dean asked for £3,000 to replace the talker machine he uses to communicate, along with his head switch.

He also wants to put CCTV cameras on his wheelchair. This Writer can only conclude that this is to ensure that anyone carrying out attacks in future may be identified easily afterwards.

The appeal has passed its target with 27 days left, thanks to contributions from 125 supporters.

It doesn’t surprise me. One of the commenters to the Vox Political Facebook page is a friend of Mr Dean and described him as “a lovely man”.

So I would urge anyone who wants to show their support to contribute a little to the crowdfunder as a sign of solidarity.

And a man has been arrested for the crime.

Alex Procter, 20, was set to appear at Hull Magistrates Court today (August 27), charged with causing Actual Bodily Harm, common assault and criminal damage.

If you want to contribute to the crowdfunder, please visit this site: I was tipped out of my wheelchair by cruel thugs – a Charities crowdfunding project in Hull by Karl Dean

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It seems the UK’s Equalities watchdog is a racist organisation. How can we believe its report on Labour?

Chris Williamson: He was subjected to death threats because of the false accusations against him, but the EHRC appears to have attacked him in its report.

A common tactic among right-wingers, when a document is about to be published  or a claim made that attacks them, is to undermine the validity of the issuer of that document in some way beforehand.

We’ve seen that happen many times over the last few years, haven’t we?

Often the critical claims have been proved untrue later. Consider all the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn.

Now, with the Equality and Human Rights Commission soon to release its report on alleged anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, that organisation is being buried under a flood of bad publicity.

But it seems unlikely that these claims will be quite as easy to dismiss.

Here’s Chris Williamson: he was the victim of a huge vilification campaign by many of his colleagues on the Labour benches after he made perfectly reasonable comments about the party’s attitude to anti-Semitism complaints in a speech.

The EHRC report comments on his case, and this means he has been allowed to see it in advance. From his response, it seems clear that the organisation has drawn a false conclusion:

He is right to start crowdfunding now. By the time the report comes out – hopefully – he will have raised the funds he needs and will be able to launch his proceedings immediately.

Clearly, he’s not making a wild accusation; people don’t take others to court frivolously unless they want to be penalised for vexatious litigation (Rachel Riley take note).

It seems the EHRC has already lost any credibility in claims of racism against other people and organisations, though; it has just been revealed that it removed its only black and Muslim commissioners in what the two people involved consider a clear act of racism:

Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece, who at the time was the only Muslim commissioner and Lord Simon Woolley who was the only black commissioner, both lost their positions in November 2012.

At present, it has no black or Muslim members among its board of ten commissioners, which also includes the chair.

It currently stands accused of not standing up for British Muslims and being too close to the ruling Conservative Party, both claims the EHRC firmly denies.

“We were too loud for what the new coalition government wanted,” Lord Woolley told Newsweek.

“Our job as commissioners was to do exactly what they were supposed to do, to raise the fundamental issues of tackling race inequality in education, in health, in employment, within the criminal justice system and I saw that as my central role, but it was made very quickly aware to me that that strong voice was not wanted.

“They [the government] didn’t want the voices that challenge the big structural inequalities, which of course is the raison d’être of the commission, and then to work out plans to use its powers to demand change.”

Baroness Hussein-Ece said that she too feared that being vocal about issues of race worked against her.

She said: “We were the ones who spoke more about race. Race equality generally was put on the back burner during that period.”

She described the decision not to reappoint herself and Lord Woolley at the time as an “appalling” thing to do.

“We were told to apply for the next term because it’s a four-year term, our performance was deemed good, and that we should reapply,” she said.

“When we did reapply, we were told we weren’t even shortlisted.”

She also said that she was told by the Equalities Office at the time that more commissioners from business backgrounds were desirable.

The revelation – take note that it came out into the open this week, not in 2012 – has sparked a wave of outrage on the social media (and silence in the Tory-supporting, racist mainstream media). Judge for yourself if the comments are valid:

Remember this when the usual screamers start baying about Labour being guilty of anti-Semitism, simply because the EHRC is investigating; when the organisation itself is racist, its pronunciations on discrimination mean nothing.

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Tories and ‘centrist’ hypocrites call for closure of fund to help Jeremy Corbyn fight legal battle

‘New’ Labour and old news: Ian Austin and John Mann

Fantasists who have spent years pretending Jeremy Corbyn was an anti-Semite are wailing in protest after a fund was set up to help him fight a legal battle.

The broadcaster John Ware, who was responsible for last year’s risible Panorama ‘documentary’, Is Labour Antisemitic, is suing Corbyn over comments made by the former Labour leader and the official party line on the film at the time.

In response – and after current Labour leader Keir Starmer went against legal advice provided to the party in order to reward former Labour apparatchiks who appeared in the film, Corbyn supporter Carole Morgan has set up a GoFundMe crowdfunding web page that has raised around a quarter of a million pounds at the time of writing.

Starmer has spent around £600,000 of Labour members’ subscription money on court costs and the payout to a group of so-called “whistleblowers” who said they were libelled by the party over their part in the Panorama show. We are told legal advice to the party was that their case would not stand up in court.

Ms Morgan’s hugely-popular crowdfunder has attracted attacks from the usual suspects.

Former Labour Party cuckoo Ian Austin has attacked the initiative, saying that Corbyn should give some of the money back because some of the contributors left anti-Semitic comments.

But this is childish nonsense; it would be poetic justice to use an anti-Semite’s money to protect an anti-racist.

And did Austin complain when £250,000 was raised to help right-wing Labour MPs (as he was at the time) to remove Corbyn from his position as Labour leader?

No he did not.

The hypocrisy is strong in this one…

… as it is in the “news” paper that ran the story:

In a related event, Lord John Mann – who used to be a Labour MP but joined the Tories in exchange for a peerage and unlimited opportunities to have a pop at Corbyn – has been attacking the former Labour leader over anti-Semitic tweets by a ‘grime’ performer called Wiley:

Anti-Corbyn camp followers took up the cry, attacking Corbyn’s supporters for being silent about it. Most of us had never heard of the person in question:

I tweeted about this myself:

It seems I sparked a round of agreement, as others chimed in to admit that they hadn’t heard of this Wiley fellow either:

And here’s the icing on the cake:

So it seems even Corbyn’s reply wasn’t real and Mann was getting het up over nothing.

Will he apologise?

Source: Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure to return £210,000 Go Fund Me cash to help him fight legal battle | Daily Mail Online

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Why is the Tory government giving Covid-19 support cash to a firm that sells sex parties?

Silly question! I hear you cry. Boris Johnson has a reputation to support and this is right up his proverbial alley!

But is it really a good use of public money?

The Tories have decided to match-fund a crowdfunding project by Killing Kittens, a sex party firm that is making a transition from being an events-based company to a “sex tech” company that runs some events.

It has raised £170,000 and the Tories will double that up to £340,000 from its Future Fund scheme, which is meant to support technology start-ups through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Call me po-faced if you like but I’m not convinced that this is the sort of firm that is meant to benefit from the fund.

It means the money will not be available for firms that do deserve it.

Oh, but wait! The money is apparently a loan. If Killing Kittens doesn’t pay it back, then you and I will own a 1.47 per cent equity stake in a company that organises orgies.

Part of me is extremely uncomfortable about that – and part is curious to find out if we’ll be paid dividends “in kind”.

Source: Sex party start-up Killing Kittens accesses Future Fund via Seedrs

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Supermarket and superstar donate cash for coronavirus causes; Johnson remains a super-dud

James McAvoy: his contribution will help medical staff treat thousands of people.

Remember when B&M donated £1 million to food banks to bridge the supply gap caused by coronavirus?

We all praised that company to the hilt.

So let’s give at least as much praise to Morrisons for donating 10 times as much to food banks – in fresh food from its bakery, egg and fruit & vegetable packing sites.

And the supermarket firm is also encouraging donations by converting its now-closed in-store cafes into donation hubs.

And let’s also praise movie star James McAvoy, who has donated £275,000 of his own money to a crowdfunding campaign set up by doctors to raise money for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, visors and gloves.

Despite a claim by the government that there was no shortage of PPE, this has proved to be untrue. Three NHS doctors have died of coronavirus (so far) and we must ascribe some of those deaths to the fact that they have been treating people who have the disease – without the benefit of this vital equipment. Medical staff have likened the situation to “going to war without armour and protection”.

Mr McAvoy’s donation has hugely boosted the fund, which original had a target of £200,000 – only a fraction of his own donation. His contribution brought the total to £440,000 and it seems likely to hit its new target of half a million pounds.

The equipment this will buy will be a huge boost to the NHS – not just for the protection it will provide but also for the morale of medical staff.

Contrast this with the behaviour of Boris Johnson – who is spaffing £5.8 million on a letter to every UK household, telling us things we know already.

The letter has been well-trailed by the media. This Writer’s impression was that the only way it would do any good is if it was printed on paper that is soft, strong and absorbent (if you take my meaning).

Johnson would have served the public better by using the cash to buy more of the equipment we need to beat the virus.

Sadly, we have a prime minister who is more concerned with public relations than public service.

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Riley attacks Jewish poet Rosen as anti-Semite Holocaust denier – weeks after he published book on the Holocaust

Michael Rosen: He’s Jewish, and it seems Rachel Riley has accused him of Holocaust denial after he wrote a book about the relatives he lost in that event. Think about it.

Countdown co-host Rachel Riley is continuing her private little war against anyone she doesn’t like: now she has attacked poet (and former children’s laureate) Michael Rosen as a Holocaust denier, months after he published a book about the family he lost in it.

Also attacked was film director Ken Loach – not for the first time.

It arises from a tweet by anti-racism organisation Show Racism the Red Card:

Dave Rich, head of policy at Community Security Trust and an Associate at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, then tweeted:

Ms Riley’s accusation came as a response to Mr Rich – and seems to have mysteriously disappeared from Twitter!

Fortunately, we have a screenshot, provided in response to Mr Rosen’s request for evidence:

“The supposed anti-racist football charity #ShowRacismTheRedCard yet again unashamedly promotes deniers/proponents of anti-Jewish racism,” her tweet stated, casually tarring Show Racism the Red Card as fellow-travellers with racists. That organisation should take action over this slur.

“I hope schools don’t touch this competition with a barge pole.”

But Ms Riley’s view is not shared by all Jews. Take representative group Jewdas, for example:

This is true, as the Telegraph clarifies, saying he wrote The Missing (published on December 12 – nearly two months ago, rather than the days suggested by Jewdas) after talking to a teenage Holocaust denier:

We are discussing his latest book, The Missing, an account of his European relatives who vanished during the Holocaust. ‘I was face to face with one of the most virulent forms of anti-Semitism,’ he says, with a long stare. 

The idea for the book was buried in Rosen’s head for decades, as a series of questions he had been asking about his paternal great-uncles, Oscar and Martin, who existed before the Second World War – then vanished from collective memory.

“’I was doing it for the family and for my own stubborn mentality,’ says Rosen, 73.”

Members of the public have supported this view:

But many others, apparently influenced by Ms Riley, now seem to believe in her “Holocaust denier” narrative.

Why did she delete her tweet? Is it possible that she realised she had gone too far and that, unlike some of us, Mr Rosen has the funds to hold her to account for such false claims?

I don’t know – but I do know that this won’t stop her publishing such falsehoods.

It seems clear that this person will continue to make questionably-motivated attacks on innocent people until she is stopped – in court if necessary.

And of course there is a court case already underway – that she launched – that could put a stop to these antics. I refer to her libel action against me.

It was because I stood up for a teenage girl with anxiety issues who Ms Riley had attacked online that she launched proceedings against me. Again, the association was with anti-Semitism.

So allow me to repeat my appeal: if you want to see an end to this nonsense from a so-called TV celebrity who should know better, please support the CrowdJustice appeal for the funds I need to bring the case against me to court and to defeat her claims.

Such a loss would be a serious financial – and personal – setback for her. It is unlikely that Ms Riley would be able to present such questionable views to the public afterwards and expect a sympathetic reception.

So here’s how you can help:

Please consider making a donation via the CrowdJustice page.

Also (or alternatively), email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge.

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

On other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

This is a witch-hunt. It will continue as long as privileged people like Ms Riley are allowed to go unchallenged when they attack people, simply for having views that she doesn’t like.

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Ben won’t bong for Brexit after ‘bung a bob’ campaign bows out

Red light: the fundraising scheme to restore Big Ben in time to ‘bong’ for Brexit has been stopped.

It was a stupid idea and it was doomed to fail – so that’s what it did.

It was based on a lie – that the government was “working up a plan so people can bung a bob for a Big Ben bong” for Brexit on January 31.

The liar? Boris Johnson himself.

Parliament had refused to provide the funds and Downing Street distanced itself from the remark, concentrating on official commemoration plans.

So it fell to the group StandUp4Brexit to try to make Johnson look better by making good on his smart-mouthed squawkings.

And, in fairness, it raised £272,000 of the half a million pounds that Johnson said would be required.

But time has run out and the online appeal has been terminated.

And for once, a Tory scheme is going to do some good, as the money will be given to veterans’ charity Help for Heroes.

Source: Brexit: Big Ben bongs fundraising appeal closes – BBC News

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Big Ben won’t bong as private money can’t be used on public assets – as Johnson should have known

Dismantled: It’s going to be a bit tricky for Big Ben to ring when it has been dismantled for repair. This shot is old but it demonstrates the problem.

Boris Johnson has wasted everyone’s time with an appeal for funding to make Big Ben ring on Brexit day that could never be accepted.

As prime minister, he should have known that private money cannot be accepted for use on public assets.

And maybe he did.

After all, what better way is there to stir up antipathy for the rules and regulations that hinder him from turning the UK into a dictatorship than by making it seem the bureaucrats are anti-Brexit?

He knows his claim that he could “get Brexit done” is what won the general election for him.

And another “divide and rule” tactic might distract Brexiters from the fact that he is cheating them left, right and centre.

Commons authorities said money raised by the public to have Big Ben bong on 31 January cannot be accepted because of rules on private donations. Despite that, a campaign led by Tory MP Mark Francois ​to get the clock chiming has now raised more than £160,000.

Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice told the BBC: “I blame the bureaucrats. They’ve now said even if we raise the money, actually they won’t let us do it because they’re worried about spending privately-raised money on a public sector asset.”

Source: Boris Johnson news live: Latest Brexit updates as government embroiled in row over EU citizens

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