Chris Cook's A Short History of the Liberal Party 1900–88 PDF

By Chris Cook

ISBN-10: 0333448847

ISBN-13: 9780333448847

ISBN-10: 1349198927

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His policy was to allow each Minister to care for the problems of his own department. At no time did CampbellBannerman play the part of a leader or Prime Minister. 1 Hence, lacking leadership, the Liberal Party lacked also both impetus and direction. A second factor in the equation lay in the character of the Parliamentary Liberal Party elected in the 1906 landslide. An analysis of the 377 Liberals in the new Parliament soon dispels the myth that the Liberals represented left-wing reforming radicalism.

The tenacity of Liberal Unionism in Scotland and the West Midlands had stemmed the tide of Liberal recovery. The result thus left Gladstone with an unstable majority with which to Liberalism in Eclipse 27 redeem the electoral pledges of the previous six years. The election of 1892 was to usher in a period of confusion within the Liberal Party that was to last at least until the turn of the century. Several factors compounded the difficulties facing the 1892-95 Liberal Government. Firstly, the cause of Home Rule had a priority over domestic reform, at least as long as Gladstone was at the head of the party.

Despite the loss of office, political Liberalism from 1886 to 1892 was far from static and far from demoralised. 4 A steady tide of by-election successes from 1886 to 1891, and very clear signs that the Conservative-Liberal Unionist alliance was a troubled one, gave hope to Gladstonians that they would soon see the victory of their cause. The party, however, could not afford to stand still and wait. The 1886 defeat implied the need to develop appeals that went beyond the 4 Hopes of a reconciliation in the party collapsed with the failure of the 1887 Round Table Conference.

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