So with the Olympics over people who find sport boring won't remember who won what but might recall that it was G4S who caused a stir by making a mess of their contract to provide security staff for the Olympics and that compensating arrangements had to be made, such as calling in the army. One of the outcomes to all this was the head man at G4S, Nick Buckles, got told off by the Labour MP Keith Vaz, who chairs the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee. Now there is a certain irony here as one person whose recent performance fell short of acceptable is questioned by another who, in the past, had the same problem! The questioning of Buckles led to the ridiculous claim by Neil Woodford, an investment manager at Invesco Perpetual, that -
the aggressive response of MPs to the Olympics security shambles put recovery at risk by discouraging businesses to come to Britain --------- last month’s Home Affairs Select Committee meeting was like watching “a medieval persecution” ---------- if this is the way Parliament wants to treat business, please Parliament, don’t be surprised when businesses decide this isn’t the country for them,
What a stupid man!
All things come to an end and it looks as if the snow is going, for now. Fazed by the bad weather, the typical UK resident let the failing UK authorities get away with all sorts of tricks, like turning off the heating in airport buildings despite the fact the buildings were now home to many stranded travellers.They simply lay down on the floors and shivered. Why do we do this? In Moscow the travellers are made of different stuff, here they had a riot when things went wrong, see HERE.
As mentioned before on this blog, it snowed last year and chaos ensued so the UK went for what it does best and had an inquiry. Perhaps it's not just our authorities that are useless but we, the citizens, are too. It would seem the present government think so, or at least they think they can get away with treating us as if we will fall for another cheap trick. The latest wheeze is the idea of government by petition. It's an insult rather than an addition to democracy. The last government gave us e-petitions and we could all see through that for it was a stalling device, a way a getting the steam out of an issue and, as a trick, it worked. Now we see the coalition doing the same thing; are we surprised?