On the BBC's Andrew Marr programme, the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said it was "completely normal" for a contractor to fail to deliver on a major project.So, if a company takes on a commitment, and then fails to deliver, it can still act "honourably" by admitting the fact, even if that means that at the last minute someone else has to pull the irons out of the fire.
He refused to criticise G4S, saying it had acted "honourably" by raising with the government the problems it was experiencing.
He said the government had "of course been monitoring the situation with G4S, and their management told us right up until last week that everything was on track. But we've had that contingency plan for many months and we are just very lucky to have fantastic armed services who can come when we need them and they will do a brilliant job."
It's a funny old world ...