(Baghdad, Tuesday). In a widely predicted move, former 10 Downing Street spin doctor Alistair Campbell has confirmed he has accepted the post of Director of Communications to the fledgling Iraqi cabinet. Sources close to his wallet confirm that the appointment is backdated to September 2003 and is conditional on Lord Hutton taking up the top job at the Iraqi Ministry of Justice.
Other appointments announced today include Piers Morgan (Minister for Armed Forces), Dame Shirley Porter (Electoral Reform), Peter Mandelson (Head of the Republican Guard) , Greg Dyke (Minister for Broadcasting) Mohamed Al-Fayed (Backhanders)and Lord Levy (Papal Pro-Nuncio).
Meanwhile, in a series of plea-bargain moves cleared by the Pentagon, President George Bush has approved the appointment of former Enron boss Ken Lay as Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, deputised by former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, who continues as Brinks-Mat Professor of Bullion Studies at the Federal Reserve.
More announcements are expected tomorrow.