A whistleblower from G4S stated this week that the G4S checks on applicants for security work at the Olympics was a shambles. It would seem that this statement is true as police have arrested two security guards who were in fact illegal immigrants but who had been were hired by the company to work at the Olympic games. The men arrested were from Pakistan. They were employed at the East Midlands Security branch and would have worked at the Coventry Ricoh Arena, the Olympic venue where 12 football matches are to be played.
UK Ministers pointed out that the same hopeless G4S company could be used for front line jobs because of the Tory’s cuts. Yes, incredible as it is, you read that right. The Ministry of Defence stated that it would employ such firms “routinely over a range of services.”
It is incredible that such an incompetent company could even be considered, instead of the Army. Surely G4S would also charge twice as much as what soldiers are paid? Have the directors friends in the right places, we wonder? Is it yet more privatisation?
Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy said: “By relying on contractors to cover the cuts, they are increasing risk. If the army is to have contractors, they must be the best. But after the last few days, G4S has a lot to prove.”
Ms Theresa May, Home Secretary, has managed to get herself into the limelight again, for all the wrong reasons. It was announced that more staff will be needed to secure the safety of the Olympics. It is assumed that there will be another 2,400 soldiers called upon. These are battle weary soldiers and many have just returned to the UK from Afghanistan. Now the Armed Forces plan to deploy 19,000 troops, which is apparently twice as many as in Afghanistan.
David Cameron has failed once again to step down hard on Ms May. Instead he simply said that they want to ensure the safety and security of the Olympics. Is the public allowed to ask just what Ms May and G4S are being paid for?