Re the privatisation of fire services and G4S.
You’ve rather missed the little provocation here. Which is that the world’s leading private provider of fire services (and ambulances actually) is a Danish company called Falck. Provides 65% of fire services in that country and smaller percentages in many more. They’ve been doing this for nearly a century now.
The model does, obviously, work. And the reason that I talked about G4S (and not Serco or Capita) is because Falck was, for a number of years, owned by what became G4S.
So, we know that the model can work and also that one of the UK outsourcing companies at least at one time had the expertise to be able to make it work.
Thus making all of the “it can’t possibly work because of G4S” conniption fits rather amusing.