London 2012 Olympic
July 16, 2012
Meltdown Countdown – SECURITEEE!
The no-fly zone is in place and surface-to-air missiles are sitting on top of residential blocks. Protection for the biggest show on earth, also known as ©The London Olympics 2012 is assured. Except on the ground. G4S, the company assigned with the task of providing security staff for the games had fallen short on numbers. Well short. With two weeks to go before the start of this event, the government (and us) only found out a few days ago.
But don’t worry. The British Armed Forces are going to pick up the slack(ness). Our boys, fast becoming the equivalent of Plenty, the super absorbent kitchen towel that cleans up the mess others leave behind, will do their duty. Three thousand of them, whose leave has been cancelled, will be going through the bags of old ladies and smiling at children at the various Olympic venues. Better make good use of them before their numbers are reduced as part of the austerity measures in Good ol’ Blighty.
Like most stories of this nature, things unravel very quickly. Reassurances have been made by Locog, not very convincingly. Apologies have come from G4S (but no resignations yet). Enquiries will be set up (probably) and our Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt (a more appropriate name you couldn’t hope to attach to a government minister) insisted it was ‘completely normal’ for contractors to fail to meet their commitments to major projects like this one. Oh, OK, then. When I make a major screw up, potentially losing big money for my clients, I’ll just use that excuse and I’ll get off scot-free. Job done. There are now reports flying around that the government knew about this problem ten months ago. It’s good to know someone’s on the ball.
I remember when G4S used to be called Group 4 Securicor. They were contracted by the government in the early nineties to look after the transportation of prisoners. There was embarrassment for the company when security issues arose, including escaping prisoners. They changed their name to G4S: fresh start, and all that. Group 4? G4S? The Gee Gee running at the 4.45 from Kempton? Change the name as much as you like, ladies and gentlemen, but the incompetence remains.
You can’t polish a turd.