A quick conversation with my brother was very revealing today. He is in the middle of training for his second tour of duty in Afghan. The training is invaluable, all the latest techniques and tricks from the conflict are taught prior their deploymenb.
So he wasnâ€™t impressed when he heard members of his brigade have been seconded to patrol the Olympic sites. He has only trained for ten years on specialist, multi-million pound weapon systems so Iâ€™m sure he can handle a scanner-but is that what he is for? While the soldiers are patrolling, they will not be completing the latest combat training-yet will still go to Afghan without that training and experience. Also the very troops being axed are suddenly needed? Interestingâ€¦ It reminds me of the 16,000 police officers who quelled the riots-and weâ€™re losing 16,000 at the same time?
Do you really trust G4S will public money? They have failed to staff the Olympic holy grail, do you trust them with law and order? Do you trust them with your liberty?