"The General knows the identity of the man behind the bid, The Sun can reveal. He has considered forcing his resignation."
If Jones - or any other member of the government - can be tied to the smear plot, then it's certainly a resigning matter. Our political representatives should have much better things to do than sullying the name of an Army chief who only has eight more days left in his job. Better things like administering to the conflict in Afghanistan, say.
But, even if resignations do come, you suspect that the real loser from all this would be - and could already be - Gordon Brown. One promise he allegedly made when hanging onto his Cabinet in June was that he'd stop briefing against his government colleagues. Sure, Dannatt isn't one of them. But this episode could reopen the old wounds, and convince some that Brown still presides over an operation built on smears and character assassination. Hardly the best platform for our PM ahead of conference season.