Home Secretary Theresa May squirmed once more but has tried her best to wriggle out of any blame. Ms May has been at the centre of so many shambolic events in the UK that her political survival is often on a wing and a prayer.
G4S has seen its value on the stock market tumble as the extent of the fiasco was revealed. The company is also set to lose big time on the huge contract. All in all hardly the face that the UK want to show the rest of the world. During any Olympics the eyes of the world are on the host country, when all is said and done.
Still at least as usual the UK is airing its dirty laundry in public rather than hiding away the extent of the chaos. There could of course be more to come and you can argue that some would have preferred all of this not to become public but at least we know what we are facing.
The UK military have been used to plug the huge gaps in Olympic security but now it has been announced that so will the police force. One has to wonder just how many staff G4S will actually be providing? Even retired police officers have been asked to volunteer though how many have signed up is not known.
So whilst all of these security personnel are busy portecting London and The Olympic Village just who will be protecting the rest of the UK?
It is common knowledge that the UK Police and Army have experienced job cuts and are running under staffed. Today July 17, 2012, it has been reported that the UK Border Agency does not have enough staff either. When the agency asked for voluntary redundancies following the swing of the Coalition Axe more personnel than anticipated took the opportunity to move on. Instead of limiting the numbers the Border Agency let more staff go and now they are in a pickle.
So how are they going to fill the gaps?. Well they are employing temporary staff. If this is like the NHS has to do it will involve maybe employing those who took redundancy or more likely agency staff at a higher cost. What a joke.
It seems that G4S is not alone in mismanageing its business. The UK Coalition is mismanaging the country, its resources and its public sector workers. They were so keen on axing public sector posts, not as it was economic sense but as it was the Tory Party mission, that they have left essential services at a low ebb.
So we hate to be party poopers but just who is going to ensure that any place away from London does not suffer an attack, be it terroist or homeland, during the Olympics? Ideas on a postcard to 10 Downing Steret asap
Tags: 2012 London Olympics, UK politics, Theresa May, UK coalition government, UK Coalition axe, UK Border agency job cuts, G4S