July 12th, 2012

The future is bleak

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I was going to write ‘The future is G4S bleak” but I can’t figure a way how to put the correct code into a WordPress heading.

As more and more forces consider the option of selling out to the largest security company in the world, G4S, shocking news that G4S appears incapable of facilitating a drink fest in  building custom-built for the purposes of the consumption of hop-based alcohol.

The government have been forced to call in the Army, or rather, a larger proportion of the Army than they had already bargained for. Fortunately, the machinery to sack or retire thousands of soldiers hasn’t fully kicked in yet, otherwise they’d really be in the kak. This is because G4S have suddenly realised, 3 weeks before the games start, that they can’t actually deliver that which they promised when the shiny ¬£50 notes were waived in their corporate faces.

It’s a good job the Olympics is this year and not in 2013 when the Army & Police would be largely absent. Mind you, if we hadn’t spent those billions of staging the Olympics maybe we wouldn’t be sacking police officers and soldiers, and they could do the job they are actually paid to do rather than checking tickets at sports events.

Still it’s not all bad news. Apparently Surrey Police are having second thoughts about going into business with companies who can’t deliver.

Did I mention I can’t get any time off to watch the only event we got tickets for, or that I can’t get a bloody summer holiday this year for the first time in 33 years?

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  1. John says:

    They’ll be blaming the CRB for not getting their street-sleeper security “guards” cleared fast enough. Maybe they should have “hired” them a few weeks previous ?
    Still, we can rely on the non-partisan media to accurately report any problems ?

    July 13th, 2012 at 06:40

  2. Rufus says:

    The key thing in the Surrey story is perhaps best illustrated thus:

    “Surrey Police shelves plan to privatise roles WITH G4S”

    where what we’d all like to see is this:

    “Surrey Police SHELVES PLAN to privatise roles with g4s”

    G4S were the only one of the six, sorry now five, groups who were looking at the “back room” functions. Their very public disgrace has just narrowed down the field for their business rivals, not killed off the whole idea. More’s the pity.

    July 13th, 2012 at 09:25

  3. Whinger says:

    Face it, Forces will shortly have NO choice but to privatise roles regardless who is crap and who isn’t.

    This spiteful Govt. will give them no choice when they SLASH their budgets even further.

    July 13th, 2012 at 11:05

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    It isn`t just privatising roles that is doing the damage. It`s privatising roles in the mistaken belief that those private companies, working in a commercially competitive and performance related and detailed contractual arrangement, will be able to deliver the same (or better) services.

    It wouldn`t be so damaging if there hadn`t been an equally dramatic increase in the amount of P.R. and spin (they say ‘corporate communications’, we say ‘burying bad news, hiding the bodies and hoping they don`t stink’).

    The same type of spin that NHS trusts rely on mean that the horror stories that leak into the press are played down and managed into insignificance. When they shouldn`t happen in the first place if those in influence concentrated more on delivering service and less on ‘does my bum look big in this’ image control.

    July 13th, 2012 at 20:49

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