From the Irish World of 16 July 2004:
A few months ago, this column touched on the implications of a Gordon Brown premiership for the British state.
Back in February, the Conservative Party came out against allowing Scottish MPs to vote on matters where Westminster legislation only applies to England and Wales. In response, the Leader of the Commons, Peter Hain, accused the Tories of undermining the United Kingdom. Significantly, Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble also joined in the criticism.
I pointed out at the time that the ‘Westlothian question’, the issue of Scottish MPs voting on English matters, could become explosive under a Scottish Prime Minister. It was not surprising therefore that Gordon Brown joined in the criticism of the Tories last week.