One of the truly tragic examples of how Griffin protects himself, and screws decent nationalists over, is what happened at the Leeds Trial of Mark Collett and Nick Griffin.
Now anyone who knows Collett knows he is an arrogant prick.
During the Leeds Trial Collett went out for a drink with the security team that was led by Warren Bennett, a truly dedicated British Nationalist and professional security officer.
The times when I had spoken to Warren about security issues were many, and each time his main emphasis was on protecting Griffin and protecting his lads in the security team.
Warren was always a true professional.
During this drink with the security lads Collett got drunk and started to throw his weight around.
As a result of him giving one of the security lads a bit of lip, he got a little slap for his trouble.
Instead of just shutting up and keeping quiet, Collett allegedly tried to pull a knife on the security lad.
This of course was a very, very silly thing to do.
After being disarmed, Collett then started to shout out to the security team ’You better all back off as if you don’t I will go Queens Evidence against Griffin. “
Collett was removed from the pub and taken back to his hotel.
I was then invited by Warren Bennett for a conference with him and a witness about what had happened.
Now Warren was worried about two things, first the fact that Collett was a total liability for the party and his security team and secondly about Colletts threat to go Queens Evidence.
Warren told me that his security team had decided not to offer Collett any more protection.
Griffin though had made it plain to me that if the security team would not guard Collett as well as him then in his own words ’they can all fuck off’.
On the issue of Collett saying he would go Queens Evidence - Griffin said nothing.
Nothing at all.
It was as if the fact Mark Collett had said this did not register in his mind.
Instead the security team went on strike and were all expelled by Griffin or resigned from the party.
But later events revealed why Griffin was so determined to protect Collett.
I believe that Collett and Griffin had both been involved in the ’leaflet scam’ that had been going on for years in the party.
I suspect that Collett was giving Nick Griffin a nice little slice of the cut from the scam.
This can be easily proved by checking the bank accounts of collett and seeing if he made any regular large cash withdrawals.
If he did so, then they went to Griffin.
It was this threat, to go Queens Evidence and reveal their actions and cons together, that so terrified Griffin.
Griffin in the end sacked the entire security team to save his own neck.
He protected Collett, a man who had threatened to betray him, rather than stand up for the security men who put their lives on the line for him.
This whole episode makes sense only if you analyse later events in the party.
When Griffin revealed at the meeting just before the General Election that he had just discovered that Collett had been stealing from the party, this was a lie.
He had known long before that as Jenny Noble, the Party Treasurer, had informed him of Colletts theft from the party over a year before - and Griffin had done nothing.
Sorry I am wrong.
Griffin did do something - he immediately sacked Jenny Noble as Party Treasurer.
I knew Jenny Noble very well, and no-one in the party idolised Nick Griffin more than her.
Jenny Nobles integrity, her honesty, her committment to the BNP and her loyalty to Griffin was second to none.
Yet as soon as she did her job as Party Treasurer, which was to tell him she had discovered that Collett had been over charging the party for at least £40,000 per year for leaflets, Griffin removed her from her position.
Now that may also have been due to the fact that Jenny also discovered that Griffin was using the Trafalgar Club as a private slush fund, but the main reason was her discovery of Colletts scam.
But instead of thanking her and going to the police, Griffin sacked her to shut her up.
Now why would Griffin sack Warren Bennett and Jenny Noble to protect Collett ?
Why would Griffin allow Collett to carry on using the scam even though he had been made aware it was happening by Jenny Noble ?
Griffin had been involved in it all along.
For years Griffin and Collett were almost a couple, in a strange almost Greek homo-erotic ’older man, younger boy’ type of way.
In many ways their relationship resembled the supposed homosexual relationship Griffin had been involved in with Webster years before, where the older Nationalist Martin Webster supposedly introduced the young Griffin to the inner sanctum of Nationalism in exchange for a little bit of gay hanky panky on the side.
Collett was like a little puppy forever yapping around his masters feet.
It was obvious that they had been involved in this scam for years together, and when Collett threatened to expose Griffin and the con during the Leeds Trial then because he was as deep in the shite as Collett then Griffin had to protect Collett at all costs - which is the exact same situation we see today with Jim Dowson.
The fall out with Collett was, I believe, due to Nick telling Mark Collett ’Mark you are going to stop the scam now. I wont reveal what you did in the past as to do so will destroy my reputation as well. But I am now involved in a real money making scam with Jim Dowson and the chump change we used to make together is now meaningless. “
Dowson came along and opened Griffins eyes up to a whole new world of scams to rob the BNP membership.
What he and Collett had been doing with their little leaflet scam was pathetic in comparison to the money Griffin and Dowson could make.
So out went Collett, kicking and screaming about corruption in the party - but unable to reveal what he knew as he would incriminate himself at the same time as he incriminated Griffin.
Today the BNP is in a worse situation than with Collett.
Collett was a small scale crook, whilst Dowson is a major thief.
Griffin has swopped the petty Mark Collett ‘BNP leaflet scam’ for a multi-million pound scam with Jim Dowson.
Griffin has to go and Dowson also.
Any man who will betray the very security team who would have given their lives to save him is not fit to be involved in British Nationalism.