The BBC's John Simpson called them the "Queen's Light Infantry", so I guess he can no more claim to be a military analyst than he can a forensic expert.
Serious point though. Mr Journalist and Mr Politician: if you want to try to score some political or popularity points, it pays to actually get the details right at such a sombre moment. If you don't know what you're talking about, don't talk please.
I had the misfortune to meet Des Browne when he took the salute at Hillsborough on the death of the Queen Mum, (the then NI Secretary coudn't make it as he was on leave, remember the salutes took place on the Monday after the death, mmm just who was the NI Secretary, ah that would be John Reid), anyway Browne turned up looking like a bag of sh*t, suit like he had been pulled through a hedge backwards, and enough dandruff on his collar to provide enough snow for a remake of Scott of the Antarctic.
The man exuded all the smarm of TB, and has the sort of face you could gladly punch.
Here, we just don't do that flag-waving, patriotic, Support Our Troops thing. Most of us (apart from military families) barely think about what our poor bloody infantry is doing in Iraq. Except when they get killed. Or deployed to doughnut the Prime Minister in one of his military outings.
...The three successive defence secretaries who have been hauled on to the airwaves to speak on behalf of the military have all been toe-curling in their own way (John Reid whittering about "birdsong" in Basra was a favourite in our house). But Des Browne was beyond parody. He'd been called in on the theme of John Prescott's sex life/housing difficulties/joblessness etc., but broke in to say, no wait, the first thing he had to do was "express my condolences to the family and friends of the two Queen's Royal Dragoons who were killed on Sunday night, blah blah".
Who briefs this idiot? There are no "Queen's Royal Dragoons". The families whose lives were broken last Sunday are mourning two soldiers from the Queen's Dragoon Guards. Mr Browne's inability to get the name of their regiment right, in the 10-second "condolence" soundbite on which he insisted, is pitiful.
His diary secretary should start putting bullet points on his hands with a big black Pentel. Left hand: TWO DEAD. Right hand: QUEEN'S DRAGOON GUARDS.
Yes, yes, I know it's a small point, and I know he's a newbie. Doesn't stop him being a thickie, though, does it?
Couldn't agree more - makes me wonder what these diary secretaries actually do.
Incidentally, if "Swiss Tony" is looking to have a staff team building day in the near future, I understand that a game of croquet is considered de rigour. There again...