Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Olympic Security "A Humiliating Shambles"

As chief executive of a security firm, Nick Buckles ought to be used to hostile encounters. But the embattled head of G4S looked startled, and at times confused, as he faced questions before Parliament in London on Tuesday morning, in the aftermath of revelations that his company has failed to train sufficient security personnel for the London Olympics.

Members of Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee didn’t attempt to bite their tongues. With just 10 days to go before the Olympics, they seemed to channel the embarrassment of millions of Britons and their leaders, who have had to call in 3,500 troops to fill the security gap. Here’s one exchange.

“It’s a humiliating shambles, Mr. Buckles,” David Winnick, a Labour MP, said.

“It’s not where we want to be,” Buckles replied. “That’s for certain.”

“It’s a humiliating shambles for the country, yes or no?” Winnick asked again, this time a bit louder.

“I cannot disagree with you.”


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