Nelson Mandela; the name calls up images that some would like forgotten. Apartheid for one and years in prison for a lone man whose white-haired exit from his enforced incarceration caught the world’s attention, compassion and imagination. The most recent image that springs to mind is that of an obscene travesty. One that was started by the great man’s avaricious family who have now officially declared the beloved Madiba dead after months of maintaining the fiction of him still clinging to life.
So G4S, the company that helps the prisons in England to move their prisoners, who were contracted to provide the security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, have seriously fallen short in the area of numbers.
To be fair the target numbers for ‘policing’ the games has gone up repeatedly since the initial estimate from officials of 2000 people. Due to repeated ‘re-estimates’, the number required is now 10,000. G4S has agreed each time to the increases and now at the eleventh hour have fallen very short.
With the Olympics due to start on the 27th of this month, organizers are starting to panic. The army, who are already pretty much over tasked, have been further tasked to provide around 4000 troops to bolster security. Leaves are being cancelled as they attempt to fill G4S’s shortfall.
But how did we get into this mess? Were the organizers and the government too busy rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the money that the games will undoubtedly bring pouring in? Why were their estimates at the beginning of negotiations with G4S so low compared to what they now want?
Surely somebody in the government or the games organizers would have had a better idea of what was required in the way of security. The news stations are focusing on G4S and implying it is their fault. I think that the fault lies with all three of the players.
The government for not taking the security seriously from the out set. I think that they obviously left the decision up to the organizers.
The organizers for believing it was acceptable to keep changing the goal posts that they originally agreed upon and expecting G4S to “step up smartly” each time they changed the numbers.
G4S for failing to tell the number changers that it was not able to meet the higher requirements, instead of pointing out what they had originally agreed on.
I believe that G4s is just as guilty as the government and the organizers of rubbing their hands together in anticipation of a ‘great little earner.’ In a similar fashion of “not seeing the forest for the trees” I think all the main players in this little fiasco couldn’t see the logistics for the money.
Why couldn’t they have contacted out to more companies to provide security when the initial numbers turned out to be too low. That way they could have shared the wealth and met their ever increasing requirements.
Nobody really believes that the pressure to hold the Olympics was down to “national pride” or any such sentimentality. It has always been about the money and the revenue that will be generated by visiting athletes and their supporters from other countries.
I’m sure that everyone connected with this security gaffe knew all along that G4S could not provide the numbers that finally were decided on. I think they always intended to seconder the military to help out.
Since it is all about the money, why cut your possible net profit down by having to pay for more security when you can get the military to do it for no extra cost.
I won’t used the clichéd phrase of “something being rotten” but I will say the whole debacle stinks to high heaven.
- Not Loving It: McDonald’s make killing out of London 2012 Olympics (dangerousminds.net)
- UK: 3,500 More Troops Assigned to Olympics (abcnews.go.com)
- US Olympic athletes attempt cockney rhyming slang (itv.com)
- 3,500 more troops for Olympics (express.co.uk)
- Army reinforcements called in for Olympics (guardian.co.uk)
- UK: 3,500 more troops assigned to Olympics (miamiherald.com)
- London 2012 Olympics: G4S interviewing 84,000 candidates (telegraph.co.uk)
- UK: 3,500 more troops assigned to Olympics (bnd.com)
- Electronic Cigarettes For 2012 Olympic All Carried to London (prweb.com)
- Farmer that led fuel blockades threatens to disrupt Olympics (itv.com)
- Olympics $14 Billion Site Mixes Scary Tower, Big Dolphin – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Get Your Piece of the Games with the Official Souvenir Programme of… (prweb.com)
- Reuters Robo-Cams are put in place for the London 2012 Olympic Games (pictureditor.me)
- McDonald’s Rewards Best Employees With Opportunity to be Part of the London 2012 Olympic Games (prweb.com)
- Olympic Protection (fundamentallyuselessknowledge.wordpress.com)