Click on images to see full-sizeNick Griffin's never-ending quest for money moves on to the next stage
Members of the BNP will have received yet another begging letter from that financial wizard Nick Griffin, the party leader. The last time we reported on these rubbishy begging letters that are sent out wholesale, it was so the party could buy what it laughingly called 'the Truth Truck', a blatant con-trick as the truck was actually obtained from the UK LifeLeague, an anti-abortion outfit run by one of Griffin's old chums and the author of those bloody awful begging letters, James Dowson.
This particular letter is headed Great News', that news presumably being that the membership has now got to fork out even more money to get the truck out on the road or, as Griffin prefers to put it, 'build up a fighting fund'. Obviously assuming that the combined BNP membership has the IQ of a whelk, he goes on to explain that 'there will be ongoing costs with this fantastic initiative' and that 'it still requires money to run the truck'. How bizarre (and unlikely) that this wasn't factored into the original appeal.
Three sections leap out from this ghastly letter as of particular interest.
'To keep costs to a minimum, I have organised a friend to do most of the driving this summer, but will need modest support to train other drivers in several regions. And of course - for on the road incidentals, food & subsistence, parking, tolls and fuel etc.'
Costs have already been kept to a minimum by conning the supporters of the BNP into believing they were buying a brand-new truck when what they were actually getting was a time-share with the UK LifeLeague mob. There has been NO indication of how much money was raised by the campaign for the truck, nor have the members been at any point told how much was spent on it or the precise details of its origin.
A 'friend' will drive it? What friend? Will this friend be paid? What is the nature of this 'modest support? Hotel bills, meals, Ronald McDonald-style uniform? And this friend will 'train other drivers in several regions'. At what cost to those regions? Nothing Nick Griffin did for the BNP membership ever came free - far from it, in fact. Oh yes, he's zoomed around the country making speeches while surrounded by his entourage of butch men in dark glasses like he's some kind of third-rate Generalissimo but Nick Griffin has done extremely well out of the BNP and, like every other Generalissimo out there, he has planned his retirement carefully and does not expect to retire into penury.
'When you give to this amazing project, it will be like you are sitting in the lorry cab with me as I travel the length and breadth of this country. You will be shoulder to shoulder with me as we spread our message of hope with the "Truth Truck"'
Perish the thought. He should have asked for donations to enable people NOT to think of sitting 'shoulder to shoulder' with him. He'd have made a lot more money.
One thing I will say about Nick Griffin is that he has chutzpa. On the donations page of the letter, we see the usual layout that asks the reader to tick a box that indicates their chosen donation. Most organisations who are seeking funds for special projects (usually involving the victims of natural disaster, not some petty crap like buying a 'truth' truck) put the highest amount on the left in the hope that the reader will tick that box. Understandable, because this box is usually for some large amount like £50, though not in Griffin's world. No, his appeal goes way beyond such triviality - the first box is for £2500. If you're too mean to donate that, the next one is for a miserly £1000.
I'll make a prediction here. No matter how much is raised from this appeal, the regions will STILL be charged a ridiculous amount to have a driver 'trained' in driving this truck. Why? Because it is simply another part of the scam, the BNP enterprise that now exists solely to enrich Griffin and the other wasters at the top of the party.
Remember Boudica the amazing invisible bus? How much money was raised by the membership for that? Nobody knows, except Griffin and co. And where is the bus? Nobody knows that either. The Truth Truck, being shared with UK LifeLeague, will no doubt appear and will cost the membership dearly. It already has - but this is just the beginning of the scam. And I'll bet there are many more to come.