posted on Mar, 4 2012 @ 07:17 AM
I just read about this on the Guardian website and, shocked that I am, I can't really say I didn't see it coming.
I have worked in the private / corporate security business for half my working life (most of it corporate) and the signs were there to see years ago.
The idea that business models must be applied to such things as socialised healthcare and policing, with multiple layers of management (who often know
sod all about the "business" they are working in) is ridiculous and just doesn't work. Putting these things into private "for profit" hands is a
dangerous move. I fully expect the next move, to work hand-in-glove with the privatised police force, will be a privatisation of the prison service,
along the lines of the US model. So we'll have private police, whose management and probably officers will be working on a prodcutivity bonus
scheme, sending as many as possible into the new privatised prisons, where the inmates will in turn be made to work for pennies providing cheap labour
to corporate customers.
We are all becoming, year by year, corporate assets, measured by our worth to profit creation and have little or no say in the schemes being created
by our corporate sponsored / owned senior politicians.
Many senior police officers are already politicised and corrupt to the core, making a nice little earner on the side via ACPO, their private little
club. Many are even business graduates rather than long-term police officers who worked their way through the ranks, so are already well placed to
maximise their business credentials and become paid advisors (via ACPO) to the new privatised forces. Things are bad enough right now and things will
only get a hell of a lot worse with this crazy idea.