Haste for hearing on Riley libel application – to drain Mike of all his funds?

The High Court has suggested that an application by Rachel Riley to strike out part of my defence against her libel claim should be heard before the end of July – despite the fact that this will create a huge strain on my funds.​ There is absolutely no urgency for this application to be heard and there is likely to be no shortage of urgent cases that could take priority over this one – and there is no date before the end of July on which both my solicitor and…

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Defence secretary phoned Saudi Arabia to apologise for human rights sanctions – claim

Typical two-faced Tories – they say one thing to us and a completely different thing to their warmongering buddies abroad. In this case, it seems UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace phoned up a Saudi defence minister to renew the UK’s support for the regime there and its work – which we must take as including its genocidal war against Yemen. This happened just one day after the UK announced sanctions on individuals from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. Here’s The Independent: The UK government privately showered Saudi Arabia’s government with praise a day…

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Here’s why it costs so much to fight a lawsuit brought by Rachel Riley

I’ve just had the monthly bill from my lawyer. It clears me out of everything that you have raised and leaves me owing a few hundred pounds – with the huge extra cost of a court hearing looming, possibly this month. This is the reason Rachel Riley has made her application to strike out parts of my defence against her ludicrous accusation of libel, of course; she knows she doesn’t have much chance of success – but defending against it will cost me a huge amount of your money. That’s…

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Riley libel case: she’s trying to buy justice again – will you help me stop her?

Rachel Riley seems determined to tell the world that she wants to buy justice – so who am I to get in the way? Let’s discuss her latest tactic. You’ll be aware that she has launched a court application to strike out all or part of my defence against her claims. It will cost up to £17,000 for me to defend myself against this part of her court action alone. The High Court has indicated that it may have time to consider the application in July – meaning I would…

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Anti-Semitism ‘campaigner’ in racism outrage – and an URGENT APPEAL for help

Tracy-Ann Oberman should be well-known to readers of these updates. After the teenage girl at the centre of my case was engaged in an argument over anti-Semitism with Rachel Riley – and had been subjected to appalling abuse by her followers, Ms Oberman sent dozens of tweets to her – all on the same (school) day – inviting her to a meal in London (as recounted in this article). The poor teenager, who suffers from anxiety, was terrified at this unwanted attention, which she could only conclude had an ulterior…

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Riley’s bid to strike out my libel defence is daft. She IS wasting your cash

It seems Rachel Riley is serious in wanting to drag me back to court – but her application to strike out my defence against her libel claims is not. It’s risible – ridiculous. You’ll be aware that the core of the case is a dialogue between Ms Riley and a teenage girl who has been anonymised in other recent court actions involving the TV game-player as “R”. Ms Riley’s complaint appears to be that “R” started an argument, Ms Riley was perfectly pleasant to “R” and Ms Riley cannot be…

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Riley launches pointless ‘strike-out’ bid against Mike’s libel defence. Please help defeat it!

Rachel Riley is dragging me back to court with an attempt to “strike out” some of my defences against her libel claims. Even if she succeeds in any way (this is unlikely), the application to a High Court judge is procedurally pointless because it is unlikely to narrow down any of the arguments or evidence at trial. It seems the intention is merely to delay the actual trial and run down the funds that you have so generously donated to help me refute her claims. (Yet again we see that…

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Years of Tory cuts led to the collapse of this Derbyshire dam

Skwawkbox has it right: The Toddbrook Reservoir dam only collapsed because Conservative governments of the past nine years have starved flood defence spending. Click over to that blog for the details. A Derbyshire town is undergoing emergency evacuation after parts of the wall of a nearby reservoir collapsed in floods. Toddbrook Reservoir dam was damaged after heavy rains and police have told 6,500 Whaley Bridge residents to gather at a local school ready for evacuation after a severe flood warning was issued, meaning there is a threat to life: The collapse…

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Funds are rolling in but Riley is on her way to court

Nearly £1,000 has been added to my appeal for funds to fight false libel claims by Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman, since CrowdJustice extended the campaign by 30 days. We now have nearly £16,000. It’s a brilliant start to the extension period and a huge step towards the stretch target of £25,000. And it may be vital. Last weekend it was revealed that Ms Riley is launching court action for libel – against a Labour Party officer who drew what many consider to be a logical conclusion about one…

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New lease of life for Mike’s libel defence appeal

Just when I was getting ready to admit defeat, CrowdJustice has granted my funding campaign an extra 30 days. The appeal – for funds to fight false allegations of libel by TV personalities Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman – had raised £15,000 of its £25,000 “stretch” target, and I thought that was a very good result. After all, I’m not a well-known celebrity – just a minor internet political commentator – and I had been accused by hugely-popular media darlings. So 60 per cent of the “stretch” target, in…

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