“requesting information on the Order..”

Obviously it’s good news to hear that Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has attempted to learn what the Orange Order’s actually traditions are by writing, some months ago, to Orange Grand Master Roberts Saulters requesting information on the Order – and it’s also good news that the Order has just met in the Republic of Ireland for the first time since partition. According to the BBC report, “Mr Saulters said he had replied, sending Mr Adams some literature on the traditions of the institution.” And that, “Mr Adams wrote back confirming he had received Mr Saulters correspondence.” But shouldn’t Mr Adams have informed himself of the Order’s traditions a long long time ago? Rather than spend so much time criticising from a position of apparent ignorance, that is..