The seat of the Queen’s English is apparently devoid of enough qualified workers who can speak English.
Why did the song Taps just come to mind?
The chief executive of the security firm G4S has admitted he only discovered that his company would be unable to provide adequate numbers of security guards for the Olympics “eight or nine days ago”.
Nick Buckles said G4S would lose £30m-£50m on its Olympic contract because of its failure, which will require 3,500 troops to be used to fill gaps in security.
The chief executive also told the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme he could not confirm that all G4S guards were fluent in English.
“That is a difficult question to answer. They all have a right to work in the UK and have been vetted to very high standards. I cannot say categorically as I sit here today [that all the guards speak English],” he said.
Buckles said there were roles in which fluency in English was not a necessity. “I’m saying there probably are roles within the security structure where there is not a direct communication with the public,” he said.
Buckles later clarified his replies by saying that all Olympic security guards must be proficient in English to receive their Security Industry Association licence.