http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/from_our_own_correspondent/2809063.stm Very impressive, in its way, but those charged with organising the event were quite open about the reason it was happening: this, they told us, is what the spin doctors want you to see. By the time the Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon, arrived to inspect the troops, earlier this week, Downing Street's coyness came face to face with reality. It's as if, having sent the troops out, the government would somehow like us to forget that they're there On a chilly, murky afternoon, the men of 42 Commando laid out some of their kit for the minister to inspect. There were weapons aplenty, including a handful of 105 millimetre light guns, parked in a row, their barrels pointing in the general direction of Iraq. Even a couple of snipers, heavily camouflaged, peering from a shallow foxhole. It was contrived, static and felt more like a stand at a trade fair than British soldiers getting ready for war. But somehow it was altogether too realistic for Mr Hoon's media handlers, who ticked off the Royal Marines spokesman for this martial display. His response was terse: what exactly had the secretary of state expected to see on a visit to the troops?