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Do you agree with the view that the Government of Edward Heath was primarily a failure?

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AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics

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Do you agree with the view that the Government of Edward Heath was primarily a failure?

It is undoubtedly true that during Heath's time in office, he faced numerous defeats, many of them at the hands of the Trade Unions such as the coal miners strike that is mentioned in source 5, which resulted in the introduction of the 3 day week in Britain. However, Heath did manage to move Britain forward in other areas such as joining the EEC.

Source 4 talk of how the Conservative party under Heath "brought the country to the edge of bankruptcy and breakdown". Indeed the fact that "more and more people" were losing their jobs resulted in an unemployment figure of 1,023,583 in 1972. This, coupled with the "still higher food prices" meant that it was hard for families to support themselves, under a government that had said it would "reduce the rise in prices, increase production and reduce unemployment". This rise in food prices came as a result of Britain joining the EEC, as the EEC forced Britain to place tariffs on it's imports of food from the Commonwealth. It also meant that Britain had to get more of

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