It’s unfortunate they’ve had to bring the army in so late in the process; I would have paid G4S a bit more and managed them more closely, if it had been my decision. With so many people coming in and out of London, I think the inner city area, the transport network and the Olympic Park itself are at risk.
I am a little concerned, though not necessarily because of how the issue has been handled. An event of this size was always going to be a target, and if people want to disrupt they will see this as an opportunity. The government is being castigated for going over the top, but I don’t think it is.
The G4S shortages are a complete disaster. They’re part of the usual political nightmare and eventually it will all come out who said what to whom and when. You have to stop things in advance, not on the day. I think the G4S chief executive should lose his job.