In a neat reversal of the traditional stereotypes, now it's the DUP which wants Northern Ireland to change more quickly, and their critics who think Ulster should keep saying No.
This time, the difference of opinion is over the lockdown, after Economy Minister Diane Dodds responded to appeals from the retail and hospitality sector by calling on her colleagues in the Executive to fast-track the reopening of bars, hotels and restaurants and to relax the two metre rule around social distancing, so that small businesses can start earning money again after months of closure.
Usually when a politician is reported to be 'calling on' their colleagues, or opponents, to consider a particular issue, what they mean is that they themselves have already made up their minds, but want to give the impression of consultation.
It remains to be seen what actually happens when the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride, and Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Ian Young, address ministers today.
If they support a faster route out of lockdown, it should be a done deal, since the mantra on all sides throughout this crisis has been to follow the science.
This is Northern Ireland, though, where political rivals frequently adopt opposing positions based on tribal animosity, rather than the facts, so nothing is guaranteed.
So far, Sinn Fein is keeping its cards close to its chest, which could mean the DUP is quietly confident they'll go along with whatever the Economy Minister has planned.
As long as the easing of restrictions is broadly in line with what the Republic is doing, there shouldn't be a problem.
Sinn Fein in Dublin is behind the unlocking timetable being pursued by the government there, and its economy spokeswoman north of the border, Caoimhe Archibald, has already called on the Economy Minister at Stormont to provide "clearer direction" to business, which seems to be exactly what Diane Dodds is trying to do.
It's what happens if the DUP presses other ministers to move faster than Dublin that could cause problems.
Michelle O'Neill's only initial response to calls for the reopening of the economy was to say on Twitter that "we live on an island" and "it is vital that the North & South are aligned as much as possible".
No one is arguing with that. Just as it makes sense for England, Scotland and Wales to move at the same pace, because they share a landmass, so should the two parts of this island.
It's just slightly worrying that the first consideration from the deputy First Minister was to prioritise the all-island dimension, leaving the assertion that she'd "listen to medical & scientific advice" to a brief mention at the end. Too often, politicians only seem to follow the science when it suits them.
By the same token, it would be equally worrying if the DUP hasn't got some kind of agreement sketched out with Sinn Fein on how to speed up the ending of lockdown, because if they're just flying a flag, then that's effectively what Sinn Fein did at the start of the crisis, when Michelle O'Neill demanded Northern Ireland follow the Republic's lead in closing schools, against local expert advice.
Sinn Fein was not necessarily in the wrong to believe schools should be closed sooner, which was a reasonable position given what was feared at the time about how the virus was spreading.
The mistake was in not resolving those disagreements with their colleagues in the Executive before going off on a solo run.
The DUP's Jim Wells condemned it at the time as "blind, political, narrow-minded nonsense" that had "nothing to do with public health".
It would be no better if the DUP were now doing the same thing, threatening an already fragile unity at a time when serious divisions are being exposed over who should and shouldn't be entitled to a Troubles pension.
There is a way out of politicising the coronavirus along tribal lines, and that is to simply abide by the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser in Northern Ireland, whose job it is to interpret the available evidence to suit local needs.
But will the two rival parties at Stormont be able to resist taking sides on the issue if they don't hear exactly what they want to hear?
It's vital that everyone doesn't just do their own thing because the sun is shining intermittently.
The worst case scenario - that 15,000 people could die in Northern Ireland - may not, mercifully, have come to pass, but Covid-19 has taken an awful toll on hundreds of the most vulnerable all the same.
And there are still 61 confirmed outbreaks in care homes here, as well as 32 suspected outbreaks.
Complacency right now would be an unforgivable betrayal of the nightmarish suffering the virus has caused.
Having said that, it's equally important to draw comfort from the figures as they start to improve.
It's a little over 100 days since Covid-19 first reached Northern Ireland and, with no deaths recorded yesterday for the first Sunday in months, and the number of new cases falling dramatically, the nature of how this virus spreads is becoming clearer.
It seems to be generally accepted, in retrospect, that schools probably didn't need to close.
Children have not become vectors of infection in any country which kept them open, or opened them since, and to date there has been no second surge of coronavirus in countries which have eased out of lockdown in the way currently being suggested.
Anyone using these more positive indicators to claim hindsight on the issue should be treated with the scorn they deserve, because, even if the lockdown turns out to have been an overreaction, it was for understandable reasons.
What else could governments have done, given the terrifying projections which were being laid out before them? But when the facts change, people should be prepared to change their minds, too.
It's galling for small businesses to keep being told they must bear the brunt of the sacrifices, when they see huge queues outside Ikea in Belfast when it reopened and cars lined up outside McDonald's drive-throughs, not to mention thousands being encouraged to gather to protest about terrible things that happened in a city thousands of miles away, over which they have no influence.
That's why it's no coincidence that the initiative is being taken by the Economy Minister. As she says, significant economic damage has already been done and will likely take longer to fix than we'd like.
Today's meeting of the Executive poses a test to see if ministers can lay aside their differences and allow science and common sense to point a collective way back to some kind of normality.