“increasingly unpromising scenario”

The Sunday Times reports that the, still expected, visit by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday will be accompanied by an unveiling of a number of benchmarks to be achieved by the parties before the 24th November. But with SF announcing that they are to review their semi-participation in the assembly and the DUP increasingly critical of Secretary of State, Peter Hain, as well as Sinn Féin, while also, as noted here, setting out what some of those benchmarks are likely to be [including policing? – Ed] the “increasingly unpromising scenario” arguably looks less, not more, likely to be resolved.