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This reader’s video of support for Mike’s libel fight against Rachel Riley is humbling

I haven’t been keeping up with Twitter as much as I should recently. I know, it’s remiss of me, but when one is under attack by people who are constantly lying, it can be a little wearing.

Sadly, it means I may have been missing some incredibly strong messages of support as well.

I’ve never met Cornish Damo, except online, where I have enjoyed his contributions to This Site and to Twitter. I had no idea of the effect my articles have had on him until I saw what follows. See for yourself:

That’s the kind of response that makes me proud – not just of my stand against bullies like Rachel Riley, but all of it – the site, the people who read it, and the effect I have had – inasmuch as it is possible to have an effect with a low-readership politics web page.

It also humbles me to be part of something that now seems much larger.

Are there any more such contributions that I should see? Perhaps I could show them in court, to show the judge how right-thinking people have responded to my articles.

I won’t go through all the usual rigmarole about contributing to the crowdfunding campaign. If what you’ve just seen has encouraged you to donate, please visit https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

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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Little things can make a huge difference – especially in Mike’s libel case

The CrowdJustice campaign raising funds to fight libel claims against me (Mike Sivier) by Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman has reached – and passed – its stretch target of £25,000. Thanks and well done, everyone!

Sadly Ms Riley has filed court proceedings individually and this means I need at least £10,000 more, in order to mount a successful initial defence. I may need much more later, if this celebrity persists in trying to prove that she has enough money to silence me.

(Because, let’s face it, she doesn’t have a case. She did what I said she did, and it had the consequences I described. Her entire strategy is to price me out of justice with expensive proceedings.)

That’s why I am so grateful that more than 1,000 people have stood up to support me, with average donations of around £25.

But I wanted to say that the smaller donations are just as important as the larger ones. They show that justice has popular support.

That’s why I have been dismayed to read some of the self-deprecating comments attached to the smaller donations: “Sorry I can’t pledge more”, “Wish I could give more”, “It’s all I can afford”.

Those donations are just as valuable to me as the large amounts. Those of you who are digging deep to find something to give clearly value what I’m doing very much – and that is hugely important to me, and to this case.

It has been said that good journalism isn’t writing what those in power want people to read – that’s public relations. Good journalism is publishing what they don’t want you to know.

It is hugely important to be able to demonstrate that people of all walks of life – especially those who don’t have much to spare – value this.

If you can’t afford more than a fiver – so what? If I had 1,000 such donations, I’d be halfway towards the sum I need to mount a successful defence against Ms Riley at the forthcoming preliminary hearing.

I would hate to think people were being put off because they don’t think they can give enough.

So now I have to take you all back to the usual instructions:

If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case. If you have, please email five more.

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. Again, the address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.

Super-rich Rachel Riley wants more than £100,000 from me – despite the fact that I’m a carer with hardly two beans to rub together – not for justice but because she thinks she can. You are helping prove her wrong with your donations – no matter what the amount may be.

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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Mrs Mike’s emotional support for Vox Political writer against Riley lawsuit

Yes: It’s the “truth v money” clip-art again. Live with it. I have to.

Those of you who follow my Vox Political website will be aware that I am a carer for a person with a long term illness and disabilities – and I have to report that she isn’t happy.

I don’t think there’s much to say beyond her own words, so here she is:

“Woke up bad after Mike got his letter saying Rachel Riley is taking him to court for standing up for a teenage girl she bullied.

“All I was thinking was what if he loses, what’s going to happen to us, and it brought me down. It made me feel very anxious, on top of my own problems, and I just felt crap.

“I thought, I’ve been doing better every day lately, now I’ve come down again and it’s putting extra strain on things but I’m also angry about people calling Mike a liar.

“He always checks the facts and he always does what’s right so when I woke up I talked to him about it, and he asked if I wanted him to give up. NO!

“I’m too angry with her and the fact that she can’t see what she’s doing wrong.”

So there you have it.

Mrs Mike suffers with anxiety-related illnesses – so she sympathises with the teenager Ms Riley bullied for obvious reasons.

I was grateful when she said I must keep fighting – more so when she started getting responses like this:

“I’ve never known Mike to lie about anything ever + I’ve known him about 15-20yrs he’s a good + kind man luv to u both xx”

But I need funds, otherwise my fight will fall flat.

It’s only two days since Ms Riley filed court proceedings against me and already my appeal is nearly £5,000 richer – but libel cases are fantastically expensive.

I hate to ask for more because it seems too much to ask, but there’s nothing else for it. Get ready for the hard sell:

If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case. If you have, please email five more.

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. Again, the address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.

You have already shown me that you want me to keep fighting.

I need to be able to take this fight to the finish.

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’s followers try to ‘dogpile’ Mike over CrowdJustice page

Rachel Riley’s followers really hate this clip-art image illustrating that she is trying to use her overwhelming wealth to block justice.

In my previous update, I drew your attention to the fact that Rachel Riley’s solicitor reckons my CrowdJustice page is an “aggravating” factor in the libel she reckons I have committed against her.

This information comes in a letter that doesn’t actually assert that any of my claims about her are untrue.

Apparently my mention of the facts of the case here means the upset and harm caused to her was “greatly exacerbated”.

It’s nice to know this page is so popular (and it certainly does seem to be, as I’ll explain shortly).

Her supporters’ club – a network of Twitter trolls, mostly anonymous – was certainly watching when I reported that Ms Riley had filed proceedings against me. And they were desperate to put people off donating to my cause.

“Hey if you want to prove a fool and his money are easily separated then fund this racist who was expelled from labour. That’s right to [sic] antisemitic even for them,” tweeted an anonymous troll calling him/herself ‘The Caped Joo Sader. And he tagged in Ms Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman for good measure.

It was an obvious attempt to discourage you from helping me – and part of an attempted ‘dogpile’ – in which a co-ordinated group of Twitter trolls gang up on a victim and abuse that person in such a way that no response is possible.

And it failed spectacularly.

My appeal has gained more than £3,000 – in hundreds of new donations – in the slightly-more-than-24-hours since my last report.

I think the reason is clear from the following comment, made by a donor who shall remain heroic: “Solidarity! More people are rooting for you than you’ll ever hear about.”

I’m extremely grateful for every penny – and I need them all. With the next stage of this affair likely to cost more than £20,000 alone, I need at least another £13,000 to mount an effective defence.

So I have to repeat my appeal:

If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case. If you have, please email five more.

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. Again, the address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.

Ms Riley wants to claim damages of £50,000, with more than £100,000 likely in costs – for the heinous crime of telling the world what she has done. Let’s send her a clear message in response.

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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Rachel Riley launches court proceedings against Vox Political writer – donate to the defence fund now!

Rachel Riley is claiming a huge amount of money. It seems she is still trying to use her wealth to bully me.

Rachel Riley has filed proceedings against me for libel. She wants £50,000 plus costs – and her costs are likely to be a six-figure sum – along with an injunction for me not to repeat the claims against her that you can find here.

That is a terrifying amount of money for a person of modest means to face. Remember what I’ve been saying all along – that this is a matter of wealth trying to beat justice? I think that particular case has been proved.

She is also claiming that this crowdfunding page is an aggravating factor – that my appeal for help after she tried to bully me with her overwhelmingly superior funds has made matters worse. How do you feel about that?

She can only take money from me if she wins, though. And she won’t win in court.

But we need to make sure this case gets to court.

Costs for a preliminary hearing are likely to be more than £20,000 – and after the work my legal team has done already, my fund stands at only a little more than £4,000.

So I need a bit of help.

I’m going to scrape around my savings and put everything I can into the fund, and I’m appealing for you to find whatever you can spare, to help get this into court – and then have Ms Riley’s case struck out.

I can’t go into the details, for obvious reasons, but my prospect of winning is good. So please help make it better.

You may be familiar with the following requests:

If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case.

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. Again, the address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.

I have spent the last few months urging others facing the same accusations to hold their nerve, and now I need to hold mine.

Your continued support will help me do that.

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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Teenage group set homeless man on fire – for fun

The scene of the crime.

This is the flipside of the story published on This Site last weekend, in which a woman set herself alight in a local government housing office.

That story was horrifying enough, as it was about a person who deliberately set herself alight, for reasons that may never be clarified, considering the lack of interest shown by the news media.

This one is equally horrifying, if not more so. It indicates that irresponsible kids have been emboldened to believe they can burn property belonging to someone else, and even flirt with murder, with impunity.

It is possible to suggest that government policy is responsible for the shameful behaviour of this gang of parasites; not only have the Tories encouraged an atmosphere in which the homeless are considered to be less-than-human – while implementing cuts that mean rough sleeping has increased by 169 per cent, but they have also reduced police numbers beyond the point at which preventative law enforcement is feasible.

So we end up with a situation in which many people reading the following story will say to themselves, “Who cares if the police couldn’t do anything? It was only some homeless bum.”

Riiiight. But success at eluding capture means these people will become bolder. What will you do when they walk into your home and start making a mess of it – and you?

A group of teenagers are being sought after by police after a homeless man was set on fire in Northampton.

The 49-year-old rough sleeper, believed to have early onset dementia, was bedded down in a bus shelter when they struck.

Bianca Todd, his niece-in-law, was reportedly driving past the shelter when she noticed a number of people standing near him. She got out of the car and saw flames rising from the bottom of his sleeping bag.

Ms Todd said that another rough sleeper told her the teenagers were responsible, although this has not been confirmed by police.

“I went to go and put it out but he was fast asleep, he didn’t realise he was on fire,” she told the Northampton Chronicle. “If his friend hadn’t have spotted him, he would be dead.”

Source: Homeless man with dementia set on fire ‘by group of teenagers’ in Northampton | The Independent

POLL: The BIG bribe – Cameron promises tax cuts for 30 million people; the deficit and public services can go hang

Call-me-Dictator-Dave: Cameron has announced tax cuts which will necessitate further service cuts, at the end of the most fascistic Conservative Party conference yet seen [Image: Telegraph].

Call-me-Dictator-Dave: Cameron has announced tax cuts which will necessitate further service cuts, at the end of the most fascistic Conservative Party conference yet seen [Image: Telegraph].

Here we are, then – the big offer to bribe the UK’s citizens into voting Conservative, despite the hammering he has given them for the last four and a half years.

To persuade you to let him keep hammering you for another five years, David Cameron is offering to:

  • Raise the tax-free personal allowance for the lowest earners from £10,500 to £12,500
  • Raise the threshold for the 40p rate of income tax from £41,900 to £50,000

He said raising the tax-free allowance would help one million people and cut taxes for 30 million more.

Perhaps he thinks we’re stupid. These plans are hasty, back-of-a-fag-packet responses to UKIP’s tax plans, announced at the Purple Party’s conference last Friday. Farage stole his thunder and now he’s trying to claw something back – at the expense of the economy. How is he going to get the deficit down when there’s no tax money coming in? Even if his policies killed every single benefit claimant – and they’re well on the way! – he would not save enough to balance the budget.

Not only that, but paying less tax means more public services will be sold off, and private citizens will have to pay for them, privately, out of their own pockets. We all know that publicly-provided services are cheaper, meaning that this move will cost us much, much more in the long term.

Cameron knows that but his business buddies will benefit so he doesn’t care.

Other promises included:

Protecting the NHS budget for the next Parliament. If he intends to do this the way he raised real-terms spending on it in the current Parliament, there will be no NHS left by 2020. Yet again, he played on the memory of his own disabled son Ivan, who died in 2009 – turning on the water-works when he said, “For me, this is personal”. It is personal for him – he personally wants to be the man who destroyed the NHS altogether – and you can tell what kind of man he is from the way he used a family tragedy in a cynical bid to play on your emotions.

The UK will go to war with Islamic State extremists. Because another war is what we all want – right?

Getting “what Britain needs” in EU negotiations. What Britain needs, or what the Conservative Party needs? And what about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which would condemn British workers to a race to the bottom in terms of working conditions and products available, while also locking privatisation of services into our economy, just as the Conservative’s want.

Scrapping the Human Rights Act – wrong for all the reasons mentioned in Vox Political‘s article earlier this week.

Offering every teenager a place on the National Citizenship Service scheme. Is this Cameron’s version of the Hitler Youth?

Planning to build 100,000 new affordable homes for first-time buyers – because the Tories have been hugely successful getting them built in the current Parliament, haven’t they? (House building hit its lowest point in more than 70 years under the Coalition). And why only 100,000? Labour is offering five times as many.

Cameron described the Tories as “the real party of compassion and social justice”, but in the same speech said people would have to “work a bit longer and save a bit more” – glossing over the facts of life under Conservative governments, that people can’t work when they don’t have jobs, and those who do can’t save when their jobs don’t pay enough.

Notice that he said nothing about social security. On the £25 billion of cuts previously announced by George Osborne (and this was before Cameron decided he was going to do another tax giveaway bribe on the eve of the election), he said, “That’s a lot of money, but it is doable.” It certainly is, if you are willing to cut the state down to the bone, sell everything off to anyone who’ll buy it (China, perhaps?), and don’t care that it will cost millions of lives because the only people to suffer will be poor.

When the history of this period of UK politics is written, David Cameron will appear as a wretched little smear of scum.

Or do you disagree? Let’s have a poll.

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