In its offer of a way out of the impasse in north Belfast yesterday, the Orange made an important concession.
The body offered full dialogue with nationalist residents, which in effect means talks with the relatively moderate Crumlin Ardoyne Residents Association (CARA), as opposed to some of that group’s dissident republican opponents.
The emergence of differing nationalist factions in the Ardoyne, something that never happened at Drumcree (where complete republican obduracy ruled the day), is a sign that there is hope for loyalists in north Belfast, despite the blunderings of the Parades Commission.
A major mistake in Drumcree was the way in which the Loyal Orders, rightly upset at the prospect of dealing with the fanatics who emerged as the key figures on the Garvaghy Road, allowed themselves to be portrayed as the intransigent bigots, when in fact it was their nationalist counterparts who gave no ground.
This is the perennial story of Northern Ireland.
Unionists and loyalists, who pay no attention to image, allow themselves to be portrayed as vicious and unreasonable, while nationalists and republicans, who are skilled at propaganda, project themselves as the vulnerable underdogs.
In a shameful miscalculation last year, the Parades Commission fell for this myth, when it indulged annual republican rioting in the Ardoyne with an almost impossible restriction on the Orange return from the field.
And yet, increasingly wise to PR, the Orangemen abided by that 2012 restriction.
But what did the republican thugs do? Riot more severely.
The commission then rewarded this violence with an outright ban on a parade passing the neutral Ardoyne shops.
Now, the Orange are pointing out that they merely want “a few moments of tolerance on a quiet Saturday morning”.
If that modest request is granted, things will at last move forward.