Listening to an interview on Radio 4 with Nick Buckles of G4S.
He has said a large part of why they only identified their inability to provide sufficient numbers in the last “9-10 days” was because the people they were employing were only available for training for a limited period. He said some people were taking time off work, in order to work the games, and others were students who had their studies and exams to work around.
So this is the professional security force were would have ended up with, had G4S successed – a mixture of 18-20 year old students, and others whose main reason for applying was probably to see a bit of the Olympics.
Here is an example of G4S’s elite work force, at Wimbledon (Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian):
Anybody else here relieved that the armed forces will be providing some professional security?