London Olympic’s a “shambles”
With less than two weeks till the games begin, London and the whole of the country have been rocked with scandal surrounding the scene.
So much has occurred, so we shall keep it short.
The biggest news to rock the event is the G4S security company employed to deliver a multi pound pay off for secure games over the period at East London in the summer.
G4S, the security company hired, according to their site, claims a £284m contract with the UK government, providing 13,700 security guards.
Earlier last week, in mounting pressures to decrease the intense jobseeking claimants on benefits, those willing to have a job with G4S were given inaccurate details to apply for positions, making it impossible to gain employment.
Nick Buckles, chief executive of the firm was summoned before politicians on Tuesday (17th July) to explain the mismanagement.
Asked if it had brought mass shame on the country, Buckles responded “I couldn’t disagree with you.”
Contract Manager Ian Horseman-Sewell was also called into question at the same time with Buckles.
G4S are expected to pay a fine for not delivering the requirements hired for but will seek the £57 million pay off.
Army troops have been parachuted in at the eleventh hour to comprise the security, which sees choppers in back gardens of people’s homes and flats, police force men aimlessly wandering around locations that may suit measures to reside in, and troops hiding in national parks.
In my area, close to the ones with choppers in gardens, on Sunday, one SOIT worker walked up and down streets, walking onto other residents property while on a phone, possibly scouting areas to hide in.
Since the Jubilee, we have had the military ‘special’ planes fly over stating to “commemorate the games” in a form of celebration. Nothing to do with checking out the areas to patrol, then?
Ironically, on the same day Buckles was before parliament, a G4S van drove down our road. That’s one extra for us, then.
Home secretary Teresa May faced scrutiny last week when revealed the G4S bungle happened, questioned her integrity of unknowing of the situation until two weeks before the ceremony begins.
How could she know nothing about the security measures. If she didn’t, then surely that comprimises her position either way, because as HS it is her job to protect all measures. Why wasn’t she dealing with it instead of letting it all go by without any intervention or checking in, thereof?
The obvious answer?
The government have made mass failings to allow G4S to mess up the security, though it does not excuse them. For involvement in making the games a success, high on the Conservative party’s agenda for years since gaining the bid, the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt (still in post) who was recently involved with the Murdoch’s and phone hacking scandals, Teresa May, as above, Mayor Boris Johnson, George Osbourne, chancellor, and the Prime Minister himself, David Cameron need to shoulder some accountability.
Though G4S still wish to claim their million pound payment.
The solution is clear, the government must accept responsibility and even potentially fined, which will go into the Olympic pot or army wages for the troops involved, perhaps?
As for G4S, it has failed to meet its multi numbered contract of security measures. G4S have no right to claim their millions of the job, as government should fast track it to the courts and abolish the pay or give them £10,000 and that is it.
They have no right to claim money on a job contract that they did not fulfil. That is clear enough.
No Brit has true faith in London delivering the games, because once we get something “they cannot run it right” according to the majority of the country’s residents.
The opening ceremony will be cut to 30 minutes due to security issues above. G4S still want ‘their’ money.
Many adverts have had tourists in them, highlighting the initiative intended for the hubbabaloo of it all. London’s travel has been highly affected with Taxi Cab drivers and bus and tube services stalled, delayed and cut off. More on this in a later Part.