The morale among British frontline troops was sky high yesterday, after news that spin doctor Andrew MacNulty is to throw his considerable behind them. He's promised to use every weapon in his armoury, and his new comrades are desperately grateful for his support.
"We've got enough feet on the ground, and there's no shortage of lads wiling to give up thier lives," said Sapper Tommy Atkins, "but we could really use a fat sleazy bloke who can brief against the Taliban."
MacNulty has promised to return to the front line, after his normal work commitments have been met. There is a pile of expenses forms that need filing in, and a pensioner who asked Gordon Brown a difficult question on the hustings last week still hasn't had her life destroyed yet. But once these formalities have been concluded, MacNulty says he is anxious to out in some time with the troops.
The soldiers understand about MacNulty's unavoidable absesnces, however. "A pensioner set an incendiary question time trap for Gordon Brown, which he walked into, and which left him with egg on his face. That happened on MacNulty's watch, so he has to deal with it," said a Corporal. "But knowing our mate MacNulty, he'll soon be back on the front line, Tweeting about the Taliban, smearing Al Qaeda and briefing against Osama Bin Laden. The courage of the man is quite humbling."