posted on Oct, 25 2013 @ 07:44 AM
After the news yesterday that Richard Morris, head of UK and Irish operations for G4S
be replaced with Eddie Aston:
Head of G4S in UK and Ireland resigns
UK boss exits amid G4S tagging inquiry
Observers suggest Richard Morris's departure is part of bid to rebuild relationship with government after tagging controversy
G4S, the world's biggest securities services firm, has parted company with the head of its UK and Irish operations as it tries to improve its
relationship with the government after the botched Olympic contract and inquiries into the electronic tagging of criminals.
With a third boss now in charge of the UK arm in as many years, there was speculation that G4S would be hoping to begin to improve its key, but
damaged, relationship with the government, for which it already runs prisons, border controls and work programmes.
The discovery that G4S and its rival Serco had been charging the government for tagging criminals who were dead, in prison or never tagged in the
first place prompted the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, to ask the Serious Fraud Office to investigate both firms earlier this year.
G4S has parted ways with the head of its UK division in the latest upheaval at the troubled security giant, which is battling to mend its
relationship with the Government after a catalogue of woes.
Richard Morris, a 10-year veteran of G4S, had only been regional chief executive of UK and Ireland since October 2012. He got the job after the
previous incumbent quit in the wake of the bungled 2012 Olympics security contract.
comes the news that chief executive of Serco,
Chris Hyman, is also stepping down:
Serco chief executive stands down after scandal
he chief executive at Serco, a security firm at the centre of an overcharging scandal, has resigned.
Outgoing boss Chris Hyman said the best way for the company to move forward "is for me to step back".
Serco is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office after claims it had overcharged the government by "tens of millions" of pounds for
electronic tags for criminals.
Neither Serco and G4S, both hugely contracted by the government and both notable for suffering a number of public
admit any wrong doing but it does seems that as
investigations proceed the ground could be looking a little shaky.
So, what are the expectations here? Who's betting on the outcome:
A public admission and contrite acceptance of responsibility in
defrauding the public on such a gigantic scale and at such a difficult time followed up by a government apology to it's people for not addressing the
widespread concerns earlier and a refusal to renew contracts or perhaps even annulment of present contracts all followed up by legal action strong
enough to recoup all costs and plainly draw a line in the sand warning all future private companies?
Or a governmental tut-tut and
wagging of the finger before grateful acceptance for what boils down to the inconsequential and tired old PR stunt of sacrificial lambs followed by a
slap on the wrist all bandaged up with a increase in government contracts?
The choice, as they say, is yours!
Nah, not really. 'course not. If you do have something to say though and you want it to be heard you might consider hiring Brian Blessed and
just before he steps up to perform, poke him with a stick, tell him you've heard Gordon is dead and that mountaineering is a waste of time. Then,
perhaps, his voice and his alone might echo through the piles of money.
GOV.UK: Press release - Review of government G4S and Serco