“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?”