On this morning's BBC's radio4's Today programme, hundred's of people phoned and e-mailed in to say they had done something very similar...so it's no big shakes!...everybody can loose concentration ...it happens.
When you hire staff you give them a job description which clearly states their responsibilities.
Busy parents would expect their security team (which costs £millions) to follow instructions.
So if they can not even count heads and be responsible for seeing kids get into a car - how can one feel they can be relied upon in a complex situation.
It should have been someone's job to make sure the party/family were in the cars safely.
No ifs no buts they would be gone if they were on my payroll.
"I'm not sure what your point is. You acknowledge that it was an innocent mistake, so why the thread?"
Here we have another of those cases where a post is ruined before it begins, someone posts an item which they feel worthy of discussion, the immediate response is an unjustified and totally unnecessary criticism, I wonder how many posters see these and feel twice about posting.
The problem is with incidents like this, is that people in senior level politics (and other high activity employment) regard themselves as 'normal every day' people, and perhaps being one of the boy's or girl's.
But in the real world, this is most certainly not true, and these people and their families can be prime targets if and when the occasions happens or presents themselves.
The BBC report seems to suggest that no action will be taken in respect of the protection team, and how this incident occured?.
On the one hand political leaders are castigated for not being in touch with reality, and then, when they do something as normal as having a pub lunch with a few friends and their children they are treated like criminals for making the kind of mistake that millions have made.
No harm came to this child, and I'm sure her parents were mortified when they realised what had happened. There are far more important things for us all to be concerned about.