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“Lloyd George’s Government was Destroyed More by His Style of Government that the Content of His Policies”. Is this a Fair Comment on the Post War Coalition?

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"Lloyd George's Government was Destroyed More by His Style of Government that the Content of His Policies". Is this a Fair Comment on the Post War Coalition? During his reign as Prime Minister David Lloyd George was a man who was intent on 'getting things done'. To a large extent, his time in power was in relative terms fruitfully successful. Regardless of how unorthodox his methods and policies seemed they were, apart from three events in particular, (The Irish Problem, Chanak and the Honours Scandal) all fairly successful. However, Lloyd George's time in power after the war was marred by the extremely high expectation of the electorate. The people and other M.P's at the time would have taken many of the problems faced extra sensitively not to mention the fact that Lloyd George was a 'Prime Minister without a party'. For that reason it was not necessarily Lloyd Georges polices at fault but his actual deliverance and methods. As a person, Lloyd George was a patriotic reformist who, in the words of one of his colleagues, 'cared nothing for precedents and knew no principles, but had fire in his belly'. He was an extremely dynamic person who inspired devoted admirers but it was his often unorthodox and inconsistent methods that eventually, along with the fact that he was a Prime Minister without a party, led to his fall from office in 1922. ...read more.


Take Asquith For example, when offered the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer he turned the position down because of past differences. As a result of this, the split in the Liberal, party remained and became even more distinct, thus meaning that Lloyd George had no chance of gaining a majority without the coalition. Once again, his unorthodox methods had caused him to fall out of favour with a number of M.P's. Furthermore, the fact that Lloyd George introduced a more 'professional' style of government meetings enraged many M.P's. he decided to introduced a cabinet agenda which today this is commonplace in every remotely important meeting but at the time, it was thought to be ridiculous it apparently mad meetings less gentlemanly. Any criticism of this act of Lloyd George seems extremely unfair, the running of a country is hardly an amateurish affair yet once again because he broke the mould of a stereotypical Prim Minister of the time he was considered by many to be unorthodox and unnecessary. Regardless of how unorthodox his methods may have seemed the obviously worked because Britain was able to survive and win the war. For instance, he established a minimum wage for farm workers in order to help avoid mass starvation in Britain, in conduction with this he introduced a system where by prisoners of war helped to collect the harvest and the convoy system to protect British shipping. ...read more.


Towards the end of Lloyd George's time as prime Minister, we are able to see a decline in the effectiveness and tolerance of his unorthodox methods. His failure to deal with the Irish Problem and general dissaprovement of the way in which he dealt with Chanak plus the added humiliation of the honours scandal eventually led to his final decline. No longer would people tolerate his unorthodox methods and his fate was decided after the Carlton Club meeting of 1922. To conclude, both Lloyd George's style of government and policies were partly to blame for his fall from office. During the war, Britain had required someone who would 'get things done' but peacetime required a man who was reliable and consistent. Regardless of what people thought at the time, his unorthodox ideas, apart from three major events (the Irish Problem, Chanak and the Honours Scandal), Lloyd George generally fulfilled his statement that he would 'get things done'. However Lloyd George was Prime Minister at a time when expectation were far too high, realistically and with the benefit of hindsight we can say that Lloyd George generally made the most of a bad situation. His ideas were unorthodox, not what people were used to but on the most part effective, and it was inevitably his style of government that was the main reason for his fall from office in 1922. ...read more.

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