OK, so the checkpoint charlies are hired for a short stint.
What I would love to know, is who was hired, and how much prep did they have, to run the system? If we go by “one supervisor per 20 employees” (probably a serious underestimate) then how many people, and for how long, were hired to do schedules, to manage the security crew at each site, to determine who patrols where and what needs watching at a site, etc.? Not to mention phoning people to tell them their schedule and ask if they plan to show up? It sounds more and more like they just expected people to show up on the first day security was needed and know what to do.
What about preclearance sweeps? DIdn’t the IRA plant a bomb in a hotel once during renovations, 6 months before Thatcher and her party were there for a convention? What part of that sort of security does G4S do?
If you don’t pay enough peanuts, even the monkeys don’t show up. You just end up with bird droppings.