I recall that, months ago (if anyone cares to search the Guardina’s archives, it’s in there somewhere), LOCOG predicted this shortfall when they asked G4S to provide 10,000 more warm bodies than the 2,000 they’d initially contracted for. Which, in the time available, was very unlikely to happen and, to no-one’s surprise but those closest to this farce, it hasn’t.
So why is so much effort being expended to make this look like a last minute cock-up on the part of G4S? That they have a history of screwing up is undeniable, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look beyond them
The cock-up, surely, isn’t just by G4S, it’s also by those whose job it was to get the numbers right in the first place, and see that they were recruited and trained in a timely manner, and clearly failed – LOCOG. Why aren’t they getting their share of this shitstorm?
The real failure of G4S lies in not telling LOCOG to sod off when they asked for 10k more people – they must surely have known that recruiting and training so many people in so short a time, was impossible.
Anyway, I’m sure there’ll be one person wetting himself with glee over this, as it provides the opportunity to put even more troops on the ground – the Control-Freak-in-Chief, David Cameron.