“There are things stronger than parliamentary majorities”, said the Tory party leader.
That was Andrew Bonar Law, leader of the Tory opposition, speaking about Irish Home Rule in July 1912.
He added: “We shall not be guided by the considerations or bound by the restraints which would influence us in a normal constitutional struggle…
“I can imagine no length of resistance to which Ulster can go in which I should not be prepared to support them”.
He accused the Liberal government of “lighting the fires of civil war”, or, in other words, declared himself ready to use the fires of civil war