“I do not have any great time for Owen Paterson.”

So sayeth the International Representative for west Belfast, the Right Honourable Gerard Adams, MP, MLA – as quoted in the Belfast Telegraph.  As opposed to the time he does have for his unelected former speech-writer, Jonathan Powell.  And I’m sure the feeling is mutual…

The occasion being the apparent disagreement over talking to dissident republicans “the political groups linked to some armed republican faction”. 

But they’re “traitors”, Gerry, “imposters”.  “Criminal gangs whom [you] consider has links with MI5″.  “Micro-groups” with “no purpose, no strategy and no mandate”.  What’s there to talk about?  Or, rather, why this sudden desire to talk?

Adds  Or, as Rusty says, “Now you want to hear from them?”

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  • Pete, the IR does have his supporters, folks who may well take offence at your portrayal.

    “I worked with Adams here and in Ireland. Whether in arms or in election campaigns, he sought to bring the peace that now is taking hold in the north. I view every smear as further validation of his threat to ending the last vestiges of colonial rule in Ulster.” Michael J Cummings, board member of the Irish American Unity Conference.

  • SW

    Except that Adams is not (and is unlikely to become) a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. So let’s not propagate Kevin Myers’ sensationalist ‘Rt Hon’ nonsense, please.

  • Pete Baker

    Fair enough. I’ll edit the post to reflect that.

  • DC

    The ancients Greeks cautioned us to:

    “know thyself”.

    For the more defensive and profoundly shallow character today’s narcissistic equivalent is:

    “take care of your image”.

    Remind you of anyone?

  • Alan Maskey

    Well, Republicans used to call IRA Volunteer, the Rt Hon Member to stick it up the Brits, who used to refer to him as The Rt Hon MP for Violence.

    This is another win for Adams. Hate him as we may, he keeps putitng scores on the scoreboard and solidifying and expanding his base.

  • Alan Maskey

    Well, Republicans used to call IRA Volunteer Bobby Sands, the Rt Hon Member

  • Cynic

    Cummings shows his real grasp of Irish history in his comment

    “Add to this volatile mixture an armed force of bigoted thugs (in and out of uniforms) who murdered more than 1,000 Catholics”

    Isn’t idolatry a sin in the Catholic Church in the US anymore?

  • Cynic

    Perhaps Gerry’s real problem is that Mr Paterson and Mr Cameron now seem to have less time for him. They will tolerate and humour him him and do what is necessary to keep the project on track but the frequent cosy visits to Tony in Downing Street are now gone. Indeed, perhaps next time Gerry runs whining to No 10 he may be referred back to his self-imposed exile in the Belfast Assembly and HM Secretary of State for NI, Mr Paterson who seems to be making a good fist of it so far.

  • Peter Fyfe

    What breaking news, an Irish nationalist does not have time for the tories. Since when have speech writers been elected?

  • Damian O’Loan

    Maybe Gerry preferred the administration that “exasperated” the White House and Irish officials with the “naïveté” of a separate police force for Catholic areas to one that simply maintains it:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/aug/10/tony-blair-northern-ireland-policing

    Or perhaps they favoured restorative justice in NI because it offered help with a more serious problem to national stability, which exploded in 2001 in Bradford. See comments:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2010/aug/09/religion-islam

  • Anon

    And since when has a madate meant you agree with someone else’s politics? Or disagreement or nasty names called been a problem for dialogue? I mean here?

    Powell is mentioned because he suggested talking to the Taliban which I’m sure is buried in the links somewhere. But there is actually no indication for this thread as why the hell he would possibly be bought up as a comparison.

    Best avoiding all this, it just feeds Pete’s narcissim. It’s simply an occassion to call names behind year and half old links that are barely relevant.

  • circles

    Like it or not – there’d be no peace if it wasn’t for Adams.

  • lover not a fighter

    I hav’nt much time for Mr Paterson meself either.

    He seems to be a bit of a cold fish.

    Lighten up Mr Paterson you will need a sense of humour in your dealings in NI.

  • Gerry Adams says he does not have much time for Owen Paterson. Well if he said it, Im sure everyone will believe him.

  • Cynic

    Did this policy amount to collusion in the beatings, shootings and executions of anyone?

  • Peter Fyfe

    I was simply wondering why he had referred to Jonathan Powell as unelected, did anybody expect otherwise? I know why he was mentioned.

  • Charminator

    I agree with Peter Fyfe: what’s the newsworthiness in an Irish Nationalist/Republican not having a great deal of time for a Tory Secretary of State? Not that the party’s wildly popular with many Unionists either (just ask Lady Sylvia). The SDLP ran on a platform of wielding influence at W’minster to keep the Tories out and I would have thought SF hostility was as well-known as the alphabet!

    Fairly heavily lop-sided editing at the outset too. As was also commented earlier, the Myersesque ‘Rt Hon’ reference is waffle. It serves no purpose – particularly given he doesn’t even take his seat. More appropriate for the Nationalist representative for South Belfast or South Down.

    Whether Owen Patterson has any great time for Adams is even less relevant. Patterson’s here to do a simple job. Keep out of the way and don’t cause problems. If he meddles or causes problems, it won’t just be relations with Gerry and the Boys he’ll damage. After years of mediculous peace-building, the last thing anyone wants is a Tory whisking into town to upset the carefully balanced apple-cart. Not ideal – I know – but ask the electorate to vote differently, if you feel we can balance the apple cart otherwise.

  • Charminator

    I agree with Peter Fyfe: what’s the newsworthiness in an Irish Nationalist/Republican not having a great deal of time for a Tory Secretary of State? Not that the party’s wildly popular with many Unionists either (just ask Lady Sylvia). The SDLP ran on a platform of wielding influence at W’minster to keep the Tories out and I would have thought SF hostility was as well-known as the alphabet!

    Fairly heavily lop-sided editing at the outset too. As was also commented earlier, the Myersesque ‘Rt Hon’ reference is waffle. It serves no purpose – particularly given he doesn’t even take his seat. More appropriate for the Nationalist representative for South Belfast or South Down.

    Whether Owen Patterson has any great time for Adams is even less relevant. Patterson’s here to do a simple job. Keep out of the way and don’t cause problems. If he meddles or causes problems, it won’t just be relations with Gerry and the Boys he’ll damage. After years of mediculous peace-building, the last thing anyone wants is a Tory whisking into town to upset the carefully balanced apple-cart. Not ideal – I know – but ask the electorate to vote differently, if you feel we can balance the apple cart otherwise.