Disgraced private companies could be handed powers of arrest by disgraceful Tory administration

Let’s not get hysterical just yet – the proposal is to give private companies like G4S and Serco the power to arrest people who fail to pay fines imposed by the courts.

And we don’t know whether it will be approved yet. The consultation period, launched in August, has only just ended. It lasted less than two months, which seems a very short time period for such a plan.

No powers would be taken from police. The idea is to privatise more civil service jobs – nearly 200 of them, in a deal that would be worth £290 million.

Here’s the catch: The Conservatives seem to think it would be a good idea to award the contracts to G4S and Serco. Both companies have proved themselves a dead loss to the state on many previous occasions – most notoriously with the electronic “tagging” scandal, which made criminals of both companies.

We may hope that the Conservatives have the good sense to avoid putting powers of arrest into the hands of such unscrupulous creatures.

But the recent developments concerning former HSBC director and BBC Trust chief Rona Fairhead suggest otherwise.

If we’re lucky, the Tories will shoot themselves in the foot once too often and any privatisation will never go through.

If we’re unlucky, it’ll be another privatisation for Labour to undo, when they return to office and start to bring the UK back into some kind of order.

Let us hope it doesn’t go that far.

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6 thoughts on “Disgraced private companies could be handed powers of arrest by disgraceful Tory administration

  1. PJB

    I can’t remember how long ago, that the Nasty partyclaimed they were the party of law and order, and when call me Dave porky Cameron, he reduced the number of Police officers numbers, thousands. Now they are doing it on the ludicrous road.

  2. Justin

    Wonder how many complaints will be against these companies for wrongfull arrest and detention, in g4 case wonder what the excuse will be after when they ran Yarls wood!!! it was the wrong kind of arrest warrant perhaps, you can allready see the mess coming before it has even hits the streets if it does

  3. Dez

    No way these bunch of cowboys be let loose with arrest warrants or any hands on operations. What is it about Hoorays that makes them loose all common sense even when their preferred donator friends have so many high profile failures. These companies are untrustworthy and overpaid useless idiots.

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