A LIE TOO FAR: THE BNP ‘TRUTH TRUCK’
Nick Griffin’s serial lies and the corruption of the BNP have advanced in bounds since he assumed the role of Chairman in 1999. Since then the whiff of rank hypocrisy and serious financial mismanagement and even corruption has followed him like a smell. Soon after Griffin had become Chairman the Edward’s scandal broke with allegations of corruption against Griffin. Commentators like Martin Webster, however, had long warned us what to expect having had experience of him and his financial shenanigans in the National Front. The shame is most of us didn’t listen to the voice of experience and instead we allowed our desire for change and a hope for some nationalist utopia, fed by wave after wave of Griffin’s silver tongue and the propaganda from his coterie of poodles, to dull our senses. Apart from a few discerning individuals, we must all hang our collective heads on shame. Since then the BNP under Griffin has been rocked by one scandal after another, always discreetly ignored or covered up by the media.
One such scandal to hit the BNP was the so-called ‘Truth Truck’ that today still sees it driving across the country, often followed by serial appeals for yet even more cash to keep it running. In May of this year Griffin sent out begging letters begging for a further £1,500 to keep the vehicle on the road (Figure 1).
Throughout 2008, Griffin had urged BNP members to contribute to its ‘Truth Truck’ campaign, raising £30,000 to fund its purchase. In his new year’s message to BNP members in January 2009, Griffin confirmed that the vehicle was now ‘bought and paid for’. (Figures 2, 3 and 4)
On May 11 2009 Griffin was served with a legal claim for an £8,000 debt as the BNP continued to use an unauthorised picture of UKIP leader Nigel Farage on its website. Copyright of the picture was owned by freelance journalist and former UKIP Head of Media Mark Croucher (Figure 5)
Documentation is published below that show that when High Court Enforcement Officers attempted to seize the vehicle to settle the judgment over the breach of Croucher’s copyright, they were informed that the vehicle did not, in fact, belong to the BNP (Figure 6). This is confirmed in a subsequent letter from the BNP’s solicitors, Gilbert Davies & Partners of Welshpool dated 12 May 2009 who wrote, “there is reason to believe that that the goods referred to(in the documentation handed to us) are registered in the name of another person whom (we understand) has no connection with the judgement debtors”. (Figure 7)
In a letter sent to the High Court Enforcement Officers by Griffin’s solicitors, Gilbert Davies & Partners, dated 20 May 2009 it is admitted that the vehicle in question was not registered in the name of the BNP. (Figure 8)
These documents give the lie to Griffin and his conman shysterism regarding the ‘Truth Truck’ and the funds that needed to be raised off the backs of BNP members and donors. The ‘Truth Truck’ was not purchased by the BNP; it was the property of Jim Dowson’s UK Life League charity which had also in the past raised funds for its purchase in the pursuit of its anti-abortion message. (Figure 9)
If the ‘Truth Truck’ had indeed been purchased by Griffin then Griffin has lied to the court and to his own solicitors through legal documents when he stated that the vehicle was not owned by the BNP. If it was still owned by the UK Life League then Griffin has lied to the BNP membership and the public through his fundraising campaigns. His hoodwinking of the donors with regards to the vehicle was not only a complete farce but a disingenuous, unlawful scam committed against loyal and generous members and supporters who gave to the fund in all good faith. This is totally dishonest, disreputable and disgusting. If truth and honesty are ever to cleanse the stench of hypocrisy, lies and corruption from British nationalism then the fight must start from this – and how ironic indeed that the vehicle had the name ‘Truth Truck’ coined when the whole basis of it was rooted in deception and fraud.
In their statement to the court the BNP said that the vehicle was not owned by them but was hired. This clearly contradicts the statements that the BNP have made to their membership after the fundraising drive to purchase it. The bailiffs who attempted to seize the vehicle were also told that it belonged to Dowson.
It would appear from examining the trail of statements produced by the BNP that the BNP purchased the vehicle in the summer of 2009.
(It seems like the above page has been pulled whilst the blog is still active, our researchers are already on this matter. Ed.)
In a conference held on 23 May 2010 the BNP reported that,
“The figures behind the BNP’s fundraising campaign were revealed in Jim Dowson’s presentation which was followed by an intensive question and answer session. The pertinent facts are as follows:
The Truth Truck is owned by the BNP, contrary to internet rumour-mongers, a fact confirmed in person by the BNP treasurer who paid for the vehicle, Jennie Noble.”
This statement seems at variance with various claims, for instance, according to information supplied through Jim Dowson’s UK Life League organisation the vehicle is owned by the latter and is leased out to the BNP.
Throughout 2008, Griffin had urged BNP members to contribute to its ‘Truth Truck’ campaign, raising £30,000 to fund its purchase. In his new year’s message to BNP members this January, Griffin confirmed that the vehicle was now ‘brought’ and ‘paid for’.
So if the BNP did not actually purchase the ‘Truth Truck’ until July/August 2009 then that meant that Griffin lied to the membership from the inception of the Truth Truck fund raising campaigning in 2008 to the middle of 2009 (Figure 10)
Former BNP business consultant, Jim Dowson, has told the Griffin Watch team that he sold the vehicle to the BNP in 2008. However, Mr Dowson has to date been unable to document that claim, despite claiming that he did so in a recent telephone conversation with one of the Team. Mr Dowson has been requested to provide this confirmation but he has failed to do so. This would suggest that Mr Dowson is failing to declare the full facts of the matter and that he is fully aware that the vehicle was not sold to the BNP until a year later. That would indicate that Mr Dowson is complicit in the scam from the start and would perhaps suggest why Mr Dowson is unable to confirm the true date of the sale. Until he is able to do so we have to base our knowledge on the official BNP claim made to the Advisory Council (AC) in late 2009 that the vehicle was paid for just before the RWB in August 2009. Jenny Noble was the then Treasurer of the BNP and she reportedly saw the receipt for £19,000 paid for it..
If Mr Dowson is correct that the vehicle was sold to the BNP in 2008 then Griffin has lied to the courts when the BNP were being chased on behalf of Croucher’s legal claim. If Griffin’s claim, which he made to the AC are to be believed, that the Truth Truck was purchased in July/August 2009, then Griffin lied to the membership that they had actually purchased the vehicle earlier.
Whether Dowson’s claims are true or not, Griffin at some stage in these proceedings has lied to someone in the interests of his own personal advancement and greed. It is a shame that Mr Dowson is unable or unwilling to document his claims but this is understandable to some degree if Mr Dowson has been privy from the start of the real financial plan surrounding the Truth Truck, which was seemingly to fleece the members and ensure a fat profit for all those involved in this scam. We therefore have to accept Griffin’s official announcement made in 2009 that the BNP had purchased the Truth Truck in the summer of 2009, and had therefore lied to the BNP membership and donors when he had maintained that the Truth Truck had been purchased and not hired from Mr Dowson.
A logbook (now called a Vehicle Registration Certificate (VSC)) is not proof of ownership. It gives the name and address of the registered keeper. It seems that Griffin may have tried to apply this claim when he told the membership that the BNP had now purchased the vehicle. But only a receipt for the vehicle made out to the BNP by the vehicle’s previous owners would signify ownership.
Did the BNP have premises large enough to hold the Truth Truck securely? If not then there is no reason why their name should be on the Vehicle Registration Certificate as only the details of the registered keeper could reasonably be included on that. Therefore it is conceivable that Adlorries or a similar company owned by Jim Dowson who was keeping the vehicle would have their name on the Vehicle Registration Certificate.
What the BNP members and donors were not told was that they would be simply contributing to a time-share agreement with the UK Life League run by Mr Dowson. The Truth Truck is the same vehicle as the UK Life League, and this has been confirmed from website links of UK Life League that have since been removed.
Griffin’s Truck Truth appeals throughout 2008 indicated the figure of £39,550, but the appeal then suggested that the amount to be raised could be cut by £13,000 if they went for a “used lorry in first class condition”., even though the website gave no other indication that the vehicle would be other than “brand new and custom built”.
The Truth Truck seems to have been originally acquired by the UK Life League in 2006 to promote its anti-abortion message. Similar appeal letters that were written by Mr Dowson on behalf of the UK Life League seem to have been duplicated in style and content for the BNP’s own Truth Truck appeal – although of course it seems to be the same vehicle as is evidenced by the same registration number.
According to former BNP webmaster, Simon Bennett, the BNP website’s appeal for the Truth Truck, ostensibly for £22,000, in fact raised over £80,000. Why did Griffin allow its donors far exceed the appeal target? What happened to this money?
The fact seems clear: that Griffin appealed for funds for a specially designed vehicle for BNP use which intention was not to own it in the first place. The UK Life League truck and the BNP truth were one and the same vehicle that the BNP leased from the former organisation, the common intermediary being Jim Dowson who ran UK Life League and was now a business consultant with the BNP. It seems that the vehicle was only purchased from the UK Life League after court bailiffs attempted to seize the Truth Truck. There was also nothing that had been published by the BNP to say that the truck would be anything other than brand new and custom-built.
Fraud is defined as when trickery us used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person. There are many words used to describe fraud, such as scam, con, swindle, extortion, sham, double-cross, hoax, cheat. Ploy, ruse, hoodwink, confidence trick. Fraud can be committed against individuals or businesses.
This kind of fraud is similar to charity donation fraud when false charities play on your sympathy and ask you to donate to a worthy cause.
It is also similar to auction fraud where buyers either receive goods late, or not at all, or where buyers are receiving goods that are either less valuable than those advertised or significantly different from the original description, or involves a failure to disclose relevant information about a product or the terms of sale.
Deception is that of trickery, of a misleading falsehood, and in legal terms: any deception (whether deliberate or reckless) by words or conduct as to fact or as to law, including a deception as to the present intentions of the person using the deception or any other person.
Under Wikipedia it is stated that, “A deception will be deliberate when the defendant knows that what he represents as true is untrue. This is predominantly a subjective test, matching the general approach to establishing intentional behaviour. The test of recklessness is also predominantly subjective to show that the defendant is aware that what is represented may or may not be true, excluding the extended meaning of recklessness in R v Caldwell  AC 341”.
Furthermore, “Much of the Theft Act 1978 has been repealed, however, the offence of making off without payment, defined under section 3 has not been affected.
“Fraud by abuse of position” is defined by Section 4 of the Act as a case where a person occupies a position where they are expected to safeguard the financial interests of another person, and abuses that position; this includes cases where the abuse consisted of an omission rather than an overt act”.
In March 2011 a police civilian worker who lied to friends and colleagues by telling them she was dying of liver cancer was jailed for 15 months for fraud.
Workmates set up a fund for Nicola Williams, Bristol, when she told them she needed to pay for drugs to combat the disease. In total, the mother-of-three obtained £36,000 by fraud and deception. Jailing her, Judge Mark Horton told Williams: “Your lies were premeditated, detailed and deliberate.”
In a scam that seems rather familiar with those who receive serial begging-letters from Griffin she used online research to further her fraud. She claimed that she needed £700 a month for a drug that was not provided free by the NHS.
A Friends of Nicola Williams Fund was set up and a variety of fund-raising events were held, including raffles, charity auctions and even a ball at police headquarters. Friends and employers bent over backwards to make sure your every whim was met”
What Griffin has done against the BNP membership and donors is on a par with this and similar scams. Essentially, it is making money through fraud and deception and therefore must be treated as such and reported to the relevant authorities. Griffin Watch has now approached the National Fraud Authority with regards to this matter. Readers who feel that they may have been defrauded or felt deceived by Nick Griffin when donating to the BNP Truth Truck appeal may also want to submit their own complaint. Details of the authority are below:
National Fraud Authority
PO Box 64170
Tel: 020 3356 1000
Fax: 020 3356 1001
The National Fraud Authority is an executive arm of the Home Office so we are not entirely confident that complaints involving Griffin will be treated in accordance with fair play and justice, considering that the weight of evidence to date suggests that the State sees Griffin as a “safe pair of hands” with which to control a nationalist party and has since 1999. We cannot be confident that the State will investigate the matter and prosecute Griffin if he is the state asset that many of us see him as, carrying out the State’s functions in neutralising political dissent from one end of the political spectrum.
Griffin Watch has also approached Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre:
“The Action Fraud service is a new service for UK citizens. Its aim is to make the process of reporting fraud easier. By reporting a fraud, you are giving anti-fraud agencies vital information that they need to protect you and others from fraudsters. At the same time you could also help to bring the offenders to justice. Action Fraud refers all cases of fraud to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which is run by the police service. Although each report cannot be investigated individually, the information you provide will aid the police to build up a national picture of fraud. This will help make the UK a more hostile place for fraudsters to operate in and keep other potential victims safe .In some cases the police may want to contact you for further details. It is therefore important that you keep any relevant information about the fraud.”
It is important for those who have felt that they have been conned by Griffin’s Truth Truck appeal to report it Action Fraud because you are given a crime number and your case will be referred to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which is run by the police service. Please go to their online reporting page at
Finally, Griffin Watch has contacted the local police authority which covers the residence of Nick Griffin at Welshpool. We again urge all those who feel that they have been conned out of money by Nick Griffin during the Truth Truck appeal to contact Dyfed-Powys Police at:
PO Box 99
Griffin Watch is well aware that a lengthy complaint regarding a number of financial irregularities and alleged corruption submitted by Michael Barnbrooke in October 2010 to the police came to nothing. We can surmise from this lack of action that it was a case of State cover-up and protection of one of its assets.
The Griffin Watch Team can assure its supporters that we have a contingency plan available should the police reject the complaint and will persevere with the complaint through other options. We believe that we have sufficient evidence that Griffin has perpetrated a scam involving the Truth Truck and used it to raise funds unlawfully, and has such not only committed an unlawful act but has brought into disrepute the BNP and indeed the whole nationalist message.
We ask the question to all of those who have either since left the BNP to coalesce around Eddy Butler and the Reform Group or formed the breakaway party, British Freedom, defected to the civic English nationalist party , the English Democrats, or who remain in the BNP – Why have you failed to bring against Nick Griffin through the Advisory Council/Regional Organisers the charge of bringing the BNP into disrepute when that offence is already extant in the BNP’s Constitution (Annex 1: Code of Conduct, Section (1), (4), (8)?
It is not the job of the State or of the Left to show nationalists the way forward regarding matters of conduct and ethics. The job of exposing the rotten core inside the BNP and of the corrupt nature of Nick Griffin and his cabal of advisors and organisers must be carried out by nationalists, for nationalists. When nationalists have carried out their own dirty work and exposed and shovelled away the maggot-infested decomposing body that is the BNP and its leadership then we can once again stand proud and face the future again together. Until that job is done we must clean our own house up first.
Figure 5 E-mail from Mark Croucher June 2011
The BNP in their statement to the court said that the vehicle was not owned by them, but was hired. This flies in the face of the statement they made to their membership after the fundraising drive to ‘buy’ it. The bailiffs who attempted to seize the vehicle were also told that it belonged to Dowson.
If it is of use to you, I will dig out the BNPs court statement and the accompanying letter from their solicitors which confirm this.
Would you mind if I asked who/where/what organisation you are from?
Head of Media
Europe of Freedom & Democracy Group
Figure 9 Who Owns the Truth Truck Video – UK Life League or BNP? May 2010
Figure 10 Truth Truck in Blackpool November 2008
Griffarage must be removed, for the sake of Nationalism and we here at GriffinWatch will neither cease nor desist until the mission is accomplished.