The nazi and so-called nationalist forums are agog with the news that Mark Collett has been, according to a BNP Organisers’ Bulletin, ‘relieved of all positions within the Party with immediate effect’.
According to a number of posts on these forums, Collett is embroiled in allegations of corruption, sabotage and possible involvement in a plot ‘potentially affecting the personal safety of Party chairman Nick Griffin MEP and senior management/fundraising consultant James Dowson’.
Whether any of this is true is doubtful – particularly when you glance at the date – but we hope so. It seems more likely to be the work of one of the many disgruntled and disenfranchised former BNP members who see Collett as a liability to the party and an all-round arrogant pain in the arse.
The alleged Organiser’s Bulletin is below. More info as/when/if we get it.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT” from BNP Organisers’ Bulletin – March 2010
Mark Adrian Collett (born 3 October 1980) is a former chairman of the Young BNP, the youth division of the British National Party (BNP), and is Director of Publicity for the Party.
From Rothley, he was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and the University of Leeds where he gained a 2.2 in Economics.
Collett featured on a Channel 4 documentary on the BNP – Young, Nazi, and Proud broadcast in 2002 which concentrated almost exclusively on Collett. He declared his admiration for Adolf Hitler and UDA terrorist Johnny Adair, unaware he was being filmed. Collett was sacked from his position in the party and expelled days after the broadcast, although party leaders continued to share speaking platforms with him. However he was allowed to rejoin a few days later with chairman Nick Griffin saying that he must change his views on the subject. Collett is now the party’s head of publicity and produces the party’s monthly magazine Identity.
For several months the party’s internal security team has been running an extensive and long-running investigation. This was initially tasked to investigate:
1) Alleged financial irregularities and ‘scamming’ concerning the procurement of print, especially large election print run,
leaflets and regular publications including Identity magazine.
2) The leaking onto the internet of sensitive party information.
3) The ongoing, co-ordinated and sustained hate campaign, feeding lies to certain anti-BNP blog sites.
More recently, its focus has moved on to the catalogue of recurring and seemingly inexplicable ‘gaffes’ being made at various stages in our preparations for the general election by certain individuals within the party.
As a result of this investigation, a very serious matter has been uncovered.
Earlier this week, the police were made aware of very serious allegations potentially affecting the personal safety of Party chairman Nick Griffin MEP and senior management/fundraising consultant James Dowson. Formal statements have now been made to the police, including by Mr. Griffin.
We therefore concluded that it was necessary to act on this immediately to ensure the safety of those at risk. Thus the timing of this affair was, from the very beginning, out of our hands.
The entire matter is therefore now in the hands of the police. We are unable to provide any further details in order not to prejudice any resulting legal proceedings.
Since political, as opposed to allegedly criminal, conspiracies are not illegal, we are able to say that Mark Collett was conspiring with a small clique of other party officials to launch a ‘palace coup’ against our twice democratically elected party leader, Nick Griffin, and that in order to create the artificial climate of disillusionment necessary for this to stand any chance of success, lies and unfounded rumours have been spread, and wereplanned to be spread much further. Mr. Collett has therefore been relieved of all positions within the Party with immediate effect.
All General Election leaflets already with the printers will be unaffected. Alternative measures are already being put into place to ensure that late submissions and local election addresses will be produced. Contact details for this and related operations will be issued shortly.
There is also extensive circumstantial evidence that those involved have been working to sabotage our forthcoming local and national election campaigns. More specific examples and details of such underhand efforts will be presented to an emergency meeting of the Advisory Council and key officials from all over the country, which will take place in the Midlands on Monday 5th April.
All in all, we believe we have uncovered the most serious and dangerous threat to this Party and its officers that we have ever witnessed.
We understand that all the evidence and exhibits are now in the hands of the police who are investigating several serious allegations uncovered by our security operation.
Obviously the safety of those named as the intended victims in this alleged plot and the safety of their families are paramount to this party and the police at present. As a precaution and until the police advise us of the ongoing status of the alleged plot, extra security has been provided to several key party officials and aides.
The timing of this couldn’t be worse but we believe that thanks to the diligent and swift actions of our security apparatus we have prevented a most grievous attack on key individuals and rescued our election campaign from a concerted effort to derail it.
No doubt the media will try to exploit this, but the timing was of course not of our choosing, and we trust that, whatever ‘spin’ our opponents try to put on all this, the public will see that we have employed the proper legal channels and procedures to deal with what many will perceive as just another underhand and deeply shady attack on our Party and the right of the public to an effective democratic choice at election time.