It emerged yesterday that the deployment of an additional 3,500 troops at the London 2012 Olympics will result in some serving soldiers in Afghanistan forced to extend their tour there by up to one month.
It’s a choice of those already there staying longer or cutting the pre-deployment training time for the next lot to go out. Talk about catch 22.
How will anyone deal with the possible outcome of members of the military losing their lives out there, who would have been safely back home – or better prepared to be there - if it had not been for the incompetence of a greedy contract grabber who couldn’t get his paw out of the jar to do the job properly?
Then there is the responsibility of a government department failing in the most basic monitoring of a centrally important job raking in a hugely inflated price?