There are two immediate implications of this latest development in the story. First, the fact that this development has come out now shows that News International is keen to move the spotlight away from Rebekah Brooks. But given the Independent’s front page tomorrow this tactic is unlikely to succeed
Second, it brings David Cameron into this story. Questions will again be asked about his judgement in hiring Coulson in the first place, then bringing him into government and then initially urging him to reconsider his resignation.