Gazette comment: Expected news, but concerning nonetheless

The long-awaited news of the privitisation of the UK’s Search and Rescue Service came as no surprise as it had been on the cards for a number of years.

That’s not to say that is hasn’t been greeted with disappointment and dismay, as the longer the wait went on, the more the hope grew that the plans might be shelved.

A change of Government came in the intervening years and that too could have led to a change of policy, or heart, and the service remaining with the RAF, Royal Navy and HM Coastguard as it is now.

But at the end of the day, like just about everything else these days, it boils down to cold, hard cash – the Government feels the new contract is the best way to provide the county with state-of-the-art equipment.

Casting no aspersions on the company taking on the role, people may well be concerned that a service that was based down the road with our service men and women will be carried out privately by those based either in Humberside or Scotland.

It remains to be seen what happens in the future, but we should certainly pay tribute to those that have provided this invaluable service up until now.