First, it put profit first. As a result it has cut corners. That\’s not what public service needs. We all know that. They just graphically prove it.
Second, they show short termism is a disaster. You can\’t expect to recruit and train people whilst imparting useful skills in a short time scale. The people involved know they are being treated with contempt; the service standard that follows is contemptuous. The same is seen wherever this logic is used.
Third, the logic of recruiting people a few weeks before the games and sacking them immediately thereafter shows that the logic of cheap labour inherent in outsourcing is dependent upon mass unemployment and the expendability of people. No wonder the Tories are doing nothing to tackle unemployment. Their friend\’s business models are dependent upon it.
But most of all, nothing of real value comes from this. When the only definition of value is cash profit nothing of real value to the people involved, the community they serve or of lasting relevance is created.
The state has the ability to create that value through commitment. Outsourcing does not. Which is why it is a disaster.
An entirely temporary demand for 20,000 (or whatever) stewards should not be met by hiring 20,000 temporary stewards.
Nope, an entirely temporary demand for 20,000 stewards should be met by government hiring directly 20,000 permanent stewards. You know it makes sense for outsourcing and short termism don\’t work.
What makes it all so very strange indeed is that Ritchie has made part of his living for more than a decade through freelance writing. Which is indeed outsourcing of labour according to temporary demand.
Should we be calling for a State Writers Service or something? Various places have done it after all…..