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The armed forces have been told to find an extra 3,500 personnel to protect the Olympic Games to cover a shortfall in recruitment by a private security firm just a fortnight before the games open.

 

Very sad that we have to recruit an army so that people can compete and view the Olympics. :blink:

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Well, aside from all the passengers in the hijacked airliner, quite a lot! :wink: According to tonight's news - the additional requirement to up the total number of security staff to 24,000 went up to £286million; this more than doubling of staffing increased the original contract price by nine times. Presumably they will have had penalty clauses in the contract - or will they? :unsure:

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Just a thought, but with all this hype about security, it would be just as damaging to the games for nutters to ring in false alarms than for terrorists to plant the real thing. The police have to respond, and this could mean clearing a tube station and stopping trains etc. :unsure:

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Found this taken from the Guardian

 

 

• Difficult times, meanwhile, for security specialists G4S. They would like to be able to fully fulfil the Olympic contract and supply the Games with 13,700 guards. But it doesn't look as if they will be able to find the people. Still, it is a whole different situation in parliament, where G4S has plenty of willing hands on the payroll. Yesterday we mentioned its employ of the former home secretary Lord Reid, who intervened most helpfully to raise the issue of ID fraud, something G4S has wheezes to combat. Not to be outdone, the G4S director and former Met commissioner Lord Condon made his own contribution via a question answered in writing on Monday. What is the government's most recent assessment of the impact of the measures taken by the French to inhibit the movement of potential illegal immigrants from the Calais region to Kent, asked the peer. Lord Henley said there has been positive progress in addressing "the challenges of border control". And who is the UK government's "main provider of in-country escorting, overseas repatriation services, and the operator of half the UK's privately run immigration removal centres"? Why, G4S, according to the company document "Protecting National Interests. Strengthening the UK Border Safely and Securely". Who'd have guessed?

 

• So, difficult times for G4S, and the Olympic thing is embarrassing. But there have been better times, as we see from literature boasting of the company's track record in the arena of sport. "Securing the event," it says. "G4S takes centre stage." Soldiers do everything else.

 

Just how many Lords have they on the pay roll?

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Think perhaps this is building up to an embarrasing fiasco. Bus drivers getting lost etc. Wonder how carefull the vetting of security staff by G4S has been? Remember, even the Home Office employed illegal immigrants a while back! The Brits just seem incapable of doing big projects/events.

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Watching telly yesterday morning, a local councillor was asked who’s footing the bill for the £30,000 pound a day it cost for the police to make up the shortfall at the hotel in Manchester where the fottie teams were staying.

 

He said the public needn’t worry because it’s not coming from the taxpayer but from the Home Office. :roll:

 

Wish I has access to that magic pot of free dosh!

 

Bill :)

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He said the public needn’t worry because it’s not coming from the taxpayer but from the Home Office

 

I would love to meet the genius who came up with that one, absolutely brilliant way of pulling the wool over the eyes.I have heard some good ones over the years but that not only takes the biscuit but dunks it in the tea without getting it wet. superb.

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G4S hand delivered a card through my letterbox last week saying they had called to read my gas and electric meters.

 

Never had one from them before in all the years we've lived here. They didn't try very hard as I was actually in at the time so if they are not capable enough of knocking or ringing a door bell properly to alert a housholder that they are there are they really capable of securing the Olympics :roll:

Two days later I got a hand devlivered one from British Gas saying they had called (as normal).

 

Maybe all these missing 'Olympic Security' people have accidentally been given the wrong jobs, or maybe they were being tested for their undercover and stealth like approach skills though :lol::unsure::lol:

 

That aside it is all rather worrying and this huge olympic security cock up a few weeks before the start makes the UK look damn stupid and totally incapable ... as does the other news report tonight which said there are NO customs staff on the North West ports and that drugs, firearms and the likes are getting through.

 

Hope no terrorists heard that news report :roll:

 

Did I mention that the same news broadcast also reported the huge number of unsold tickets which are now coming into circulation (again) for the Olympics depite many thousands of people being dissapointed and unable to buy them in the past ... or the many thousands of tickets they've now withdrawn or had to give away as no-one wants them.... and the fact that the first event at Cardiff? Stadium is so undersold that they are will be closing off half the stadium's area seating ?

 

No I didn't as that's as probably another topic.

 

Saying that who on earth would want to watch women's footy anyway :lol::blink:

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