From the Hickey column, Daily Express, Tue 11 Mar 08: 'After the reports of uniformed service personnel being abused by a plankton-like minority, Tory MP Ed Vaizey provided heartening evidence of the esteem in which they are held by everyone else. As a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, the Shadow Culture Minister gets a taste of military life - in his case, on attachment with the Royal Marines- and the chance to don uniform. He was wearing it when he dropped into a garage in his Oxford Constituency early one morning. "The chap behind the counter gave me a free coffee and newspaper and wished me luck", says Vaizey, adding with commendable candour: "I didn't have the heart to tell him I was actually an MP. He would probably have charged me double" Outrageous. My flabber is completely gasted.