Smoke signals or smoke and mirrors?

According to a PA report carried on UTV, the centre parties are dropping heavy hints that there may actually be progress being made at Leeds Castle.SDLP leader Mark Durkan has told the assembled press corps that “”People are running out of arguments they have had on a number of issues for holding back”, while the UUP’s David Trimble is urging the PIRA to make a new and detailed statement on weapons without delay, “the sooner we hear it and the clearer the message, the better.” That, according to Trimble would mean that the question of whether “Mr Paisley`s party was serious about sharing power would be put to the test”.

There’s still no actually deal, and there is still no guarantee of a successful outcome to the three-day session, but are these the first wisps of white smoke from the castle chimney?