Alan H wrote:
Nick wrote:First of all, an area of agreement. The organisation of the stewards was dire. Lessons must be learnt, and possibly penalties applied and stewards given some compensation.
Compensation? Why? It was all legal, wasn't it?
If you recruit volunteers, you still have responsibilities to them.
And who would provide compensation? Molly Price? Seems unlikely given her past form and her company's current finances.
I don't know enough of the state of Molly's finances. And I wasn't thinking of punitive damages, more a financial acknowledgement that their own level of stewardship was below what one could reasonably expect. I would have thought, given their contracts for the Olympics, that the company could be "leant on" to a certain extent. Pursuade them to do the decent thing.
But yet again, the Grauniad is more interested in spin than news. (ETA: though they eventually got round to supplying some information). For a start, all the stewards were volunteers. They were not threatened with their benefits being withdrawn. I see nothing wrong with asking for volunteer stewards. After all, several thousand have been recruited for the Olympics. Though it may seem strange to certain posters on TH (and you know who you are!!) if you wanted to attend the festivities, then volunteering is one way of getting to and from the event. It also seems that they were given various things, including boots and clothing. I know you can't eat boots, but they do have value. It is also a way of giving people something worthwhile to be able to put on their CV. Showing that you can be put into a position of trust and responsibility is of value, and increases their chances of getting picked by an employer. It might not sound much, but for some, it is something. Considering what we expect students to do before they are considered for "graduate level" jobs (ie work unpaid on a subject which may have no real application in the job market, and pay for the privilege too....) then it doesn't seem so unscrupulous.
Source of or for what?
As for Prescot's outburst, frankly, I think he should go and stuff his face with another pie. Certainly, the way the stewards were organised was dreadful, but the level of responsibility for this is way below government minister level. He is just intent on making mischief. Sometimes incompetence manifests itself. Of all people, Prezza should be aware of that...
At what level do you think the buck stops?[/quote]Certainly below cabinet ministers. Maybe with the civil servants who arranged the contracts. I can't be more specific than that, as I don't have a map of the organisational responsibilities involved, but it is ridiculous that something so comparatively small on a national scale should be blown out of all proportion. Yes, the volunteers suffered, but probably no more than thousands of other people in other aspects of life. Sh*t happens, and much of the time, it's not the government's fault (whichever party is in power).