Published Friday, 20 July 2012
He criticised the Executive for the lack of an agreed CIS strategy and said he was setting up a consultation process to decide on the form of government at Stormont.
Martin McGuinness was not best pleased.
He said the speech was clumsy and ill-thought-out. He said Sinn Féin would oppose any move to undermine power-sharing and the equality provisions of the Good Friday Agreement.
This was not surprising. Sinn Féin does not like Mr Paterson and recently called on the Prime Minister to abolish the office of Secretary of State altogether.
Anger had been further increased by the Westminster Government's rejection of a border poll.
But perhaps it was a little more surprising when Peter Robinson entered the fray.
He said Mr Paterson needed to show maturity and avoid sound bites.
The First Minister said in a week where much agreement had been reached on the way ahead, including the CIS strategy, there had been no recognition of the progress from the Secretary of State.
He argued while the five-party Stormont coalition was not perfect, the two-party coalition at Westminster was stumbling from crisis to crisis.
Mr Robinson said the Secretary of State had a growing record of making partisan political points in an attempt to bolster his latest party political project in Northern Ireland.
His comments had been ill-advised, said the First Minister.
So relations between Stormont Castle and Hillsborough are at a low ebb.
And the situation regarding corporation tax is not helping.
The process is rumbling on and on with Mr Paterson now saying it will be the autumn before it will be possible to see if the tax can be devolved.
There is a growing suspicion at Stormont it will not happen.
And that is not going to help relations either.
Changed times ahead for the relationship between Stormont and Westminster.