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The Outrage Over Romney’s Entirely Accurate Olympics Comments



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From the final Morning Jolt of the week…

London Calling… and Sounding Incoherent in their High Dudgeon

This is one of those moments where the 2012 debate feels too stupid to cover. I mean, really, give me some danger pay, boss.

Here’s the video. Pick out the insult or the outrage:

“You know it’s hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials – that obviously is not something which is encouraging.”

If you’re wondering what Romney was talking about, it’s this

British lawmakers tore into the chief executive of the security contractor that will be unable to deliver enough guards for the Olympic Games, forcing Nick Buckles to agree Tuesday that the fiasco is “a humiliating shambles.”

Buckles, the chief executive of G4S, said the company should not have agreed to provide 10,400 guards for the Olympics, six days after the security giant admitted it could not do so.

“We regret signing the contract,” Buckles said under pressure from lawmakers.

The company’s failure forced the government to call in 3,500 military personnel to help, and will also require extra police to be deployed.

G4S has a £284 million ($444 million) government contract to provide security staff for the Olympic Games, but only 4,000 guards are trained and ready.

A mere 6,400 guards short? Yeah, that might be… what’s the word I’m looking for… disconcerting?

And then this:

A strike by border staff that could have potentially crippled Heathrow airport on the day of the Olympics opening ceremony has been called off.

The climbdown came hours after ministers revealed that more than enough border staff had volunteered to work to ensure Heathrow, which is expecting its busiest ever day as thousands arrive for the Games, operated as normal.

Militant union chiefs admitted their threat to the start of the Olympics had prompted ‘abuse and vitriol’.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, insisted he had ‘no regrets’ about plotting the strike, which had been planned to cause chaos on Britain’s borders today.

Boy, that’s… not something which is encouraging.

UPDATE: Everything’s totally under control, London is ready, how dare Romney say this, etc: “Three people who were due to work as security staff at an Olympic venue have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences, the Home Office said.”


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