Hyperbole is part and parcel of politics so I wasn't too concerned by the statement of that nice Mr Goff in the House that Jonathon Coleman, Minister of Defence, was in the process of sacking Lt Gen Rhys Jones, Chief of Defence.
The reality is that his term of appointment is due to expire in January 2014. It is also a reality that extensions of service, at that level, are not the norm although they have occurred. While General Jones may have wanted an extension, I don't think his case was helped by health issues (he suffered a heart attack last year) nor by his handling of the defamation case brought against him by journalist Jon Stephenson.
So the question now turns to his replacement. My understanding that the process of selecting a replacement has begun. I have previously posted my disquiet as to the handling of the redundancy issue and particularly the quite appalling letter sent to those being let go signed off at the service chiefs level. I believe that anyone involved with those letters should have their expressions of interest dust binned.
If it means reaching down to some bright one star and promoting him over the herd then sobeit. It's time to move on from that whole sorry saga.