DUP Exit Strategy agreed from March deadline?

The recent divisions within the DUP have become all too evident, following on from the now-famed Press statement saga. Following on from the party’s ‘clear the air’ Templepatrick meeting, Ian Paisley Jnr is indicating that the party will refuse to agree a timetable for the devolution of policing and justice powers- as a group of dissenting DUP councillors in Antrim had demanded in a planned leak to the Antrim Guardian newspaper. Is this the DUP’s strategy to delay a deal beyond March 2007 to buy more time to prepare the jumpy grassroots for the necessary- and painful- compromises that lie ahead?