This is completely insane. Security firm G4S won the nice juicy contract to run London Olympic security – which they’re messing up already, before the Games even start; they are possibly in the running to take over privatized police services in the West Midlands (though luckily the Olympic security fiasco has changed some minds over this); and now they are bidding to run 5 new privately-run prisons – a plum worth up to £2 billion!
Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I think services like policing and running prisons should not be run by companies whose only aim is to make a profit, We’ve seen how G4S works in the Olympics fiasco – they can’t employ the number of guards and trainers required, despite the fact they’ve had years to prepare for it, and now the Army are going to have to supply soldiers to do the work G4S have already been paid to do. If G4S win the bids to run prisons and police forces there will be at best Keystone Kops antics going on, at worst there’ll be carnage in the prisons and on the streets.
We need to make it clear to our “government” (wtf are the LibDems thinking of, going along with such insane policies?) that privatising the police would be madness, and G4S in particular should be kept away from anything to do with safety or security, be it private or public.
I also think G4S need to be looked at very carefully: why do the government continue to consider them for these roles? Is someone in government getting kickbacks from this? FFS, when will government corruption ever end?