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Chris Packham’s house firebombed – because he campaigns for conservation?

Inferno: the exploding Land Rover damaged the gates beyond repair.

At a time of worldwide animal extinctions and potentially irreparable damage to the ecosystem, what kind of psychopath firebombs the house of a conservationist who campaigns to save our wildlife?

Shockingly, masked intruders parked a Land Rover outside a Hampshire house belonging to TV naturalist Chris Packham last weekend and set fire to it. This was the day before he was due to deliver a 100,000-signature petition to Buckingham Palace, calling for the Royal Family to conserve nature on Crown estates and to reintroduce species like beavers and wild boar.

Mr Packham himself has attributed the attack to online trolls:

He said: “These people are angry at some of the things that I campaign against.” He campaigns against the wilful destruction of our natural environment! How can anybody be angry about that?

Sadly, This Writer can understand and sympathise with much of his experience with online trolls.

It is very easy to whip up extreme hatred on (for example) Twitter. I’m currently fighting a court case against another TV personality, who claims that her own behaviour on that platform didn’t encourage her Twitter followers to bully and intimidate a teenage girl with mental health problems. My question is simple: if she didn’t focus her followers on that girl, who does she say did?

Mr Packham says the social media companies have done nothing to enable justice or prevent hatred from being whipped up, and I am (again) inclined to agree.

But the Tory government is (allegedly) putting legislation through Parliament to change that. The Online Harms Bill will propose penalties for such behaviour.

I am eagerly awaiting it. Depending on what measures are finally imposed, it may be the best thing this Tory government does.

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Twitter admits it suspended @MidWalesMike account for no reason. Time to kick it into touch?

Take a look at the message immediately following, which raises serious concerns about a social media giant:

“Hello, After further review, we have unsuspended your account as it does not appear to be in violation of the Twitter Rules. Your account is now unsuspended. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience. Please note that it may take 24-48 hours for your follower and following numbers to return to normal. Thanks, Twitter.”

Thanks for nothing, Twitter!

This social media platform – that is supposed to act in a responsible way towards its users – arbitrarily removed my ability to communicate with my readers and customers for a day short of a whole month… for no reason.

It has admitted that I did nothing wrong, as I stated on February 2 when I discovered that my @MidWalesMike account had been suspended. I wasn’t notified officially. So why did it take 27 days for staff to check and find out that I was right?

This is not the first time that my account has been wrongly suspended, either. I was stopped from using it in December after a supporter of Rachel Riley sent false information to the platform’s bosses:

Identified? This person posted screenshots that appear to show they are responsible for the complaint that had Vox Political’s Mike Sivier suspended from Twitter. Mike has no idea who this person is and a Twitter search provides no evidence of any contact.

It’s apparently a fake account – I’m told the profile picture actually belongs to somebody in Russia. Stealing people’s images is a classic troll activity and it reflects extremely poorly on Riley that she is supported by such people.

Back in December it took just five days for me to get my account back – but that was five days too long.

I have written to the powers-that-be at Twitter, demanding a more detailed explanation of why my account was suspended without investigation. Am I to expect the same treatment at any time in the future, because this enormous multinational corporation is too cheap to employ anyone to check these accusations before taking action on them?

I do not expect any meaningful reply.

Is it time, then, to leave Twitter to the trolls?

How hard is it to start up a social media micro-blogging site? I’m not a coder so I don’t know. Is it really difficult or would it be simple? Does anybody know how?

I know Twitter is huge at the moment, and many people would hate to leave it because it has billions of users – but if it is unreliable (and it is), then it is time to let it go.

And it seems a bit of competition from an ethical organisation might be what’s needed to make Twitter clean up its act.

What do you think?

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After #BorisJohnson complained about lack of cash, he’s had a #trolling from the #ChurchOfEngland

Realisation dawns: as he reads the passage chosen for him at the Battle of Britain commemoration service in Westminster Abbey, Boris Johnson discovers that the Church of England is trolling him.

Whoever chose the reading for Boris Johnson at Sunday’s commemoration of the Battle of Britain is a genius.

The service at Westminster Abbey celebrated the 80th anniversary of the crucial World War II battle:

The UK’s performing monkey prime minister Boris Johnson attended and gave a reading – but after he reportedly complained about having trouble making ends meet on his more than £150,000-a-year salary, it seems someone responsible for the order of service decided to have a laugh:

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.”

The church should be giving more of this kind of leadership.

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Pegg pilloried for demanding higher taxes on the rich to combat inequality – by Tory trolls

Simon Pegg: This Writer may have looked much the same when I saw some of the responses to his suggestion – but more frowny.

This man deserves better:

Simon Pegg, the actor and writer who brought us Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, has been berated by members of the public for suggesting the rich should pay higher taxes.

He is among 120 signatories of an open letter asking millionaires and billionaires to join calls for higher taxes on very wealthy people, and for international reforms to stop tax dodging.

Writing in The Times, he stated: “Inequality is not inevitable, it’s a policy choice.”

“It’s the product of governments passing policies that favour the very wealthy at the expense of the less fortunate,” he wrote.

He said the rate of poverty reduction had halved since 2013, whereas in the past decade the number of billionaires had doubled.

And he stated that inequality was the driving force behind both societal breakdown and the “climate crisis we face”.

And what response did he get?

https://twitter.com/DavidAGunn1/status/1220317146934317058

https://twitter.com/theJamieBoyle/status/1220311123934830592

Some have said that this army of opposition is a classic example of “turkeys voting for Christmas” because it is a contradiction for poor people to demand that an unequal system continues to benefit the super-rich.

But it’s actually worse than that.

I chose the above selection of tweets at random, but take a look at the profiles of the people writing them.

I don’t think any of them are genuine. I think they are all Tory-supporting troll accounts, set up to gaslight us.

The names are (generally) pseudonyms; the profile pictures (if any are there) are of things, not people; the accounts have mostly existed for many years but have few followers and aren’t following many others either.

Those are classic Twitter troll characteristics.

It looks like the (alleged) Conservative Party Twitter army got wind of this story and mobilised the troops to trash it before it could gain traction.

Are you going to let that happen?

How about visiting the itv.com tweet and posting some support for Simon, to counter the flood from nonexistent trolls?

That’s what I’ve done.

Source: Actor Simon Pegg demands higher taxes on the rich to combat inequality – ITV News

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Burger King trolls Johnson with ‘Whopper on the side of a bus’

The Burger King fast food franchise has mocked Conservative leader Boris Johnson’s lies – by putting its own whopper on the side of a bus.

The advert has appeared on a red London bus. Alongside a picture of a burger, the text reads: “Another Whopper on the side of a bus. Must be an election.”

It is a dig at Mr Johnson, who supported the false claim of Vote Leave in the EU referendum campaign, that the UK sent £350 million a week to the EU.

Mr Johnson said the money could be better-spent on the NHS.

The claim was false, and was widely criticised with UK Statistics Authority chairman Sir David Nosgrove describing it as a “clear misuse” of official figures”.

A Burger King spokesman said: “As the Home of the Whopper, we felt that if anyone has the right to stick whoppers on the side of a bus, it’s us.”

For details of further whoppers told by Boris Johnson, read the Conservative manifesto.

Source: ‘Another Whopper on the side of a bus’: Burger King ad mocks Vote Leave’s Brexit bus | inews

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Troll/bot alert! But who’s really behind them?

This Writer seems to have become a target for trolls (and/or bots) after two tweets in response to the BBC’s PoliticsLive show.

Here they are:

They triggered a multitude of responses from Twitter users who seemed unwilling to go by their real names, didn’t want to produce a photograph of themselves, weren’t interested in following many people and hadn’t accrued more than a handful of followers, despite having been around, in some cases, since 2011!

Some were extremely ill-mannered so I will not repeat them here.

Then I received this: “I call these trolls #borisbot. If you look back to the first tweets you’ll find there’s nothing political, just ordinary stuff. I guess either hacked or bought accounts, so who’s running them?”

How interesting!

Who shall we ask about that? Dominic Cummings?

Or Brandon ‘Tories hire army of tweeters to take social media fight to Labour’ Lewis?

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Burley’s whataboutery fails to get Kuenssberg off the hook

The editor of the BBC’s live politics programmes, including Politics Live, has made a fool of himself trying to defend Laura Kuenssberg.

Ms Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, caused the father of a sick one-week-old girl to be dogpiled by supporters of Conservative prime minister Boris Johnson (yes, apparently some still exist) when she tweeted that Omar Salem was a “Labour activist”.

The backlash was severe and deserved.

In rushed Rob Burley, who edits BBC TV shows which feature Ms Kuenssberg, to tweet the following:

It’s a very interesting point, coming as it does from the editor of a show that has the opportunity to provide information about the political views of people appearing on Politics Live every weekday and also on Sundays, but doesn’t.

This Writer anticipates a flurry of tweets outing the guests on that show, from now on.

Today (September 20), the show’s listing suggests that panellists will include Sherelle Jacobs (Telegraph columnist, rabidly Leave-supporting), Liam Halligan (Sunday Telegraph economics columnist, right-wing), Zing Tsjeng (executive editor of Vice UK, which refused to recognise the National Union of Journalists when its employees voted to unionise – even though the company’s branches in the US had unionised), and Trevor Phillips (former EHRC chairman, Blairite Labour). Will any of them be listed as such?

And what about Ms Kuenssberg’s own political views? They must also be “part of the picture” and it would be “perfectly proper” for Mr Burley to provide that information. Perhaps he had not carried out his own “thought experiment”, as he has never done so.

What about Jo Coburn’s political loyalties, or Andrew Neil’s? Or Faisal Islam’s, as he was set to host Politics Live today?

And of course Mr Burley failed to acknowledge that Ms Kuenssberg had flagged up Mr Salem’s Twitter address to her followers with the message “This is him!”, so they all knew who to dogpile.

https://twitter.com/krustysghost/status/1174453137727479808

At the very least, as Mike Harding points out, it’s “whataboutery”:

And it was also a successful bid to drag attention away from the issue that Mr Salem had raised – the diabolical underfunding of the National Health Service, endangering the lives of newborn children, by a government of hypocrites who then used it for a photo opportunity to pretend that everything is hunky-dory.

While Mr Salem has been dogpiled and Ms Kuenssberg reviled, Boris Johnson has sailed away, back into his “la-la land” of lies.

When will he be challenged over the issues raised by Mr Salem?

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Kuenssberg the troll: She started a Twitter dogpile on the father of a sick child

Laura Kuenssberg: Rather than report on deficiencies at an NHS hospital caused by Tory underfunding, she triggered a Twitter dogpile on a member of the public who challenge Boris Johnson about it.

Standards of journalism at the BBC slipped to a new low yesterday when political editor Laura Kuenssberg outed a man who challenged Boris Johnson over falling NHS standards as a “Labour activist” – triggering a Twitter dogpile on this man.

Apparently it did not matter to Ms Kuenssberg that Omar Salem was the father of a sick seven-day-old girl and had been terribly worried about his daughter’s well-being. She considered it far more important that the world should know he has campaigned for the Labour Party in the past.

Mark’s question is valid. What was Ms Kuenssberg trying to say, exactly? And if it was as he suggested, then should she not be hauled up before the BBC board and sacked on the spot?

It is not the place of any journalist – even the BBC’s political editor – to heap more stress upon the father of a sick child who is only seven days old.

Or, put more succinctly: who the hell does Kuenssberg think she is?

It seems she has not noticed that a campaign was launched earlier this week, calling for people to report the activities of those who troll innocent members of the public in exactly the way she has done.

And consider this: Even a doctor at the hospital has written about the shortfall in care there:

I was one of the doctors who met Boris Johnson today. This was a highly staged press event in a newly refurbished hospital ward at Whipps Cross hospital where the prime minister met a few select members of staff and patients. This event completely brushed over the harsh realities of this chronically underfunded, understaffed and poorly resourced hospital.

I’m so glad that Omar Salem said the things he did. He was just telling the truth about what it is like to be on the receiving end of poor staffing levels and under-resourcing.

Whipps Cross is particularly understaffed and under-resourced so people don’t get the care that they need as promptly as they need.

And this visit was not reflective of the realities of working at this hospital. Johnson was taken to the nicest ward in the hospital; there were flowers on display and classical music was playing in the background. I wish the prime minister could have seen some of the other wards, which are nothing like what he saw today. He should come on a night shift and see how everything doesn’t function at two in the morning.

There are not enough staff on any level – nursing, physiotherapy, doctors. It is just chronically understaffed. The building is falling to pieces. It is either too cold or too hot. I could go on and on.

I love medicine, but you just can’t do your job properly. You don’t have time to talk to patients or families. Everybody is really demoralised. There’s no point in complaining because you know nothing will be done.

Isn’t this exactly what Omar Salem was saying?

But Ms Kuenssberg turned it around and made it all about him being a “Labour activist”. And what does that mean, exactly?

I think she – and the BBC – has a huge amount of explaining to do.

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Rachel Riley spoke out in support of an anti-trolling charity – and the response was damning

A few hours ago (as I write this) I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my CrowdJustice site, which raises cash to fight the libel case against me launched by Rachel Riley, was gaining funds – at speed.

I had done nothing to prompt this sudden influx of funds, so I wondered why it had happened – aloud, online.

Here’s the reason:

High profile celebrities – including ex-England striker Gary Linekar and Countdown presenter Rachel Riley – have pledged not to publicise the social media abuse they receive from vile online trolls.

Instead, the group of television stars, politicians and campaigners will be muting, blocking and reporting “abhorrent” and derogatory comments – with the worst handed to the police – in a bid to starve so-called trolls of the wider audience they reportedly crave.

The likes of Lineker and Riley have signed-up to instead reporting the worst cases of online abuse and vile messages to the police, while sending lesser examples to social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook to put pressure on them to act.

New charity, the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), the group behind the Don’t Feed the Trolls report, is advocating an even simpler solution for those being badgered online.

It recommends muting notifications and taking a break from social media in the first instance, before escalating anything thought to be unlawful.

Muting, blocking, and avoiding are parts of advice I have been giving whenever I’ve spotted trolls on my own timeline – who are often supporters of Ms Riley.

I’d say it was cheeky of her to be lining up with this new charity to advocate my tactics, when she is also taking me to court over a trolling incident that she instigated.

But I don’t have to.

While viewers of the mainstream media may be convinced by what I’m told has been a deluge of TV reports and appearances all day, social media users are much more aware of Ms Riley’s own online behaviour, and wasted no time in reminding her of it:

“Riley conveniently fails to mention all the anti-Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Labour abuse that she puts out on an industrial scale on Twitter and elsewhere,” tweeted ‘Is it just me?’

Anita K added: “Is that the same Rachel Riley who online bullied a 16 year old girl with mental health problems, and goes around smearing and doxxing others?”

https://twitter.com/CathyKirby65/status/1173709873219084289

And Eddy39 stated: “Rachel Riley compared the Durham miners gala with a KKK rally and now she’s out front and centre complaining about trolls. Oh the irony.”

This was a response to Ms Riley’s appearance on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme:

(I wonder how many hundreds of abusers have blighted my own Twitter timeline, thanks to Ms Riley’s unwanted attention?)

Grace4JC stated: “RR is the biggest troll around. The sheer arrogance and nerve of a Gnasher operative accusing others of being trolls is unbelievable. She ruins people’s lives.”

The term “Gnasher operative” refers to the infamous “GnasherJew” troll network, with whom Ms Riley proudly associates.

As PeoplePowerGal adds: “The hypocrisy is almost painful! There must be loads of evidence out there of her abusing others & she’s known to work in tandem with renowned Gnasher troll who are horrifically abusive & racist. Someone should write a big evidenced exposè on her involvement with them!”

And this is why people were contributing to my CrowdJustice site – in disgust at what they considered to be Ms Riley’s astonishing hypocrisy.

If you are unaware – or need reminding – of the behaviour Ms Riley encourages, here’s an example from today (although I have no idea if “Corbyn Out – he’s a chlorinated racist chicken” is a member of the GnasherJew troll collective):

Hopefully, somebody has thought to notify CCDHate (as it models itself on Twitter) that its poster-girl is exactly the kind of troll it is trying to silence.

Otherwise, it seems people may start to associate it with the phonetic pronunciation of its chosen title: “See seedy hate”.

For Ms Riley, the tactic has backfired badly.

While it might have seemed a clever idea to hide the true nature of her own social media activities by backing an anti-troll campaign, all she has done is remind people of why they dislike her so much – and, of course, boost the funds available to me to oppose her.

To Ms Riley herself, if she’s reading: thanks for the extra cash – and I’ll see you in court.

Source: Gary Lineker and Rachel Riley in new social media pledge to silence trolls – ITV News

If you want to support my defence against Ms Riley, here are some instructions you may find helpful:

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 troll tries scaremongering to stop you supporting CrowdJustice campaign

A desperate Twitter troll tried to claim people supporting my CrowdJustice campaign would be liable to pay any costs if I lose.

It was a desperate attempt to undermine the huge amount of public support I have received, with nearly £35,000 provided for the campaign.

As is now well-known, celebrity game-player Rachel Riley is taking This Writer to court, claiming that I libelled her over her ill-treatment of a teenage girl with mental health issues.

It seems she wanted to bully me into paying her thousands of pounds, by threatening me with a court action in which I could not possibly afford to defend myself.

So I launched a funding campaign with CrowdJustice, drawing a huge number of donations from more than 1,000 contributors.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, I have been subjected to a near-constant barrage of lies, insults and other vilification from supporters of Ms Riley – often the same people who have also falsely accused me of anti-Semitism in the past.

This one turned up after another Twitter user posted a list of fellow socialists – including Yr Obdt Srvt – calling for others to support us. He/she claimed that one of us was a Holocaust denier so I called it out as a troll:

Notice the lack of any evidence in support of the claims and the threat to report the original tweeter to the Labour Party – which has proved sadly supine in complying with the wishes of these hatemongers.

This one turned its focus on me, repeating false claims of anti-Semitism and claiming I was a misogynist – I have no idea if this anonymous person is male or female – before turning its attention to the Riley libel case.

Let us be clear about this: Nobody supporting my CrowdJustice campaign will have to pay any more than their initial donation, even in the remote possibility that I lose.

This is nothing but scaremongering, based on unproved speculation.

But now I have a question:

How do you feel about this attempt to manipulate you?

This is a person who has tried to mislead you and others like you who may otherwise want to support my CrowdJustice campaign, trying to help Ms Riley by making me unable to fund my defence.

I think that’s despicable, don’t you?

If you do, then please make your disgust count by contributing to the campaign. Libel cases are notoriously expensive and I need more funds if I’m to mount a successful defence.

You could email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this CrowdJustice site. The address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge.

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

If you use other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

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

Money is no object to my opponents; they are trying to use their wealth to buy the result they want.

I think that is a deplorable abuse of the justice system.

I hope you do too.

Please come to the CrowdJustice page and help defeat them. It only takes a donation.

PS. Here’s some extra reassurance:

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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