Seeing a photo somewhere recently of this prat (Tory Chief Whip A Mitchell) being berated by some old Doris for not wearing a regimental tie on a previous Remembrance Day got me thinking. Firstly, I had no idea he had served. Secondly, I felt the need to explore this fact a bit.... He is credited, if that's the right word, with having joined the Peoples Cav. But it all seems a bit woolly after that. This is what Wikipedia has to say, having first referred to him as a 'former UN peacekeeper': ''In February 1975, he was commissioned into the Royal Tank Regiment, serving in Cyprus during the 1970s. His commission was terminated in October 1975. He then transferred to the General List of the Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve and was given seniority in his rank from 10 March 1975............ He resigned his British Army commission on 9 February 1977 after serving in the Royal Tank Regiment for eight months on a Short Service Commission.'' Hmmm? 'His commission was terminated after eight months'. Very interesting - does anyone know why? I'm not sure I've ever heard of the end of a career being phrased thus. What does it mean: Sacked? Asked to resign? Medical Discharge? What was he doing on the General List of the T&AVR? Do they mean the RARO? It just doesn't add up. His biography on his own web page just says : 'Andrew served in the Army (Royal Tank Regiment)' The BBC Profile of him says: 'Before going to university, Mr Mitchell served in the Royal Tank Regiment and as a UN peacekeeper in Cyprus.' and 'He is a former soldier who served as a UN peacekeeper in Cyprus in the 1970s' Which brings me back to his glittering 8 month career - given that a UN tour of Cyprus was about 6 months long after all the shouting, he really can't have done much else!