Given that New Labour are a thing of the past, why did the current govt award the contract to G4s? The whole thing stinks of the 'old boys network'. His involvement proves the theory that party politics come a poor second to the massive greed for cold hard cash. Well, old boys network or not, the security contract went tits up. Troops and police are being used to provide the security at the games. The Home Sec allegedly knew of the manpower shortfall yet did nothing.
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As for the cops, well, they too are being caned by the current govt. Like the armed forces, they too have had their summer leave cancelled. Pensions cut, manpower cut to the point where they are forced to cover huge areas, often single crewed in cars or vans dealing with societies often violent dregs, at great personal danger. Along with this, they are also expected to deal with everyday policing tasks - you know, things like telling a relative that a loved one has been killed in a car accident. That kind of thing! They work in a climate of fear, where failure to meet bizarre targets for dealing with increasingly management driven arrest figures, have resulted in plumeting moral. Like them or loath them, everyone needs cops. Everyone needs cops that are not afraid to do their job for fear of internal disciplinary actions, public humiliation, or worse, criminal proceedings. They also need job security, like anyone else!
Having leave cancelled seems like a mere inconvenience when we see or hear it in the media. What we have to remember is that in the case of the forces and to an extent in the police as well, annual leave is precious family time. Often families have been without the man of the house, due to him being serving away from home for 9 months out of 12. Children have been born, fathers have not been able to form relationships with newborns, schools have changed/started, all the normal points of family life that we civvies take for granted, and our seviceman00
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So we have police from many forces around the country and the armed forces providing security for the Olympics. The thing is, these are finite resources. Never has this been clearer. Last weekend saw the 1st anniversary of the worst public disorder the UK had seen in a generation. What went completely unmentioned by the MSM is the fact that on Sunday, a crowd estimated to be in the region of 8000 descended on the streets of Brixton to celebrate Jamaican Independence day. There were stabbings, reports of gunshots and gang fighting. Police reinforcements were called in, as at one point it was feared the violence of last year in Brixton was about to be repeated. Thankfully it wasn't. This was due in no small part to the Afro Caribbean community who turned on the gangs at one point, telling them exactly what they thought of the damage they were doing to their culture. In reality if the 8000 crowd had decided to riot again, they could have.
What should be the final nail in the coffin of Theresa May is the initial police response to the case of the missing New Addington girl, Tia Sharp. After being missing for five days, this afternoon Commander Neil Basu admitted during a press conference that he had recalled 100 men from Olympic duties to boost the manpower on the case. Those 100 officers should have been there from the start. They would have been were it not for the G4s cock up. This is a kid who has been missing for 5 days we are talking about. You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to know that resources are needed at the start of a job like this.
To sum up, Theresa May left the country in a position where we could not cope. Take the worst case scenario - a terror threat at an Olympic venue, rioting in the streets of Brixton and Tottenham, and an urgent overseas deployment for the armed forces. All of them distinct possibilities. What contingencies are in place? The TA? Give me strength. She should step down and there should be a completely transparent public enquiry into the dealings between G4s, the govt, and Dr (Death) Reid. So far we have had G4s boss Nick (I won't) Buckle up before a Home Affairs Select Committee. Lets be honest, Mr Buckle has fall guy written all over him. I'll bet he wears clown shoes, big fuck off red and yellow clown shoes!