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How effective a leader was Lord Salisbury?

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HOW EFFECTIVE A LEADER WAS LORD SALISBURY? Lord Salisbury, the most successful conservative leader, had been in office 3 times over 17 years and also passed some key reforms. What really mattered was the fact that he passed reforms that directly affected the working classes, who at the time were the main body of voters; Salisbury was a strong leader and did much to keep the party in line. The Labourers Allotment Act of 1887, allowed local authorities the power to buy land and rent it cheaply to the people in an attempt to improve their health growing more vegetables and healthy foods. They also introduced the Mines regulation act in 1887. This act dramatically changed the safety in mines by regulating the hours people could work and the conditions in which they worked. ...read more.


Salisbury saw that imperialism could be used to distract the people from any wayward political issues. It caused a massive amount of frustration with the Liberals, who, already were weakened by the retirement of Gladstone.When we judge the performance of Lord Salisbury, he was an extremely clever politician and his success did not come by chance. He turned the situations in his favour which strengthened his position as a leader within the party. He had excellent diplomatic skills and laid the greatest emphasis on party organization. He developed a cohesive Party when he allied with the Liberal Unionists. He was practical and realistic in his approach and, most importantly, was able to predict and interpret the current political situation. ...read more.


He often tried to follow the path which he was sure the mass public would take. In conclusion, Salisbury was one of the greatest politicians ever and his intellect was reflected in many of his political decisions, some even violating the Conservative tradition. He often twisted and manipulated the issues before presenting them to the public in election campaigns (Boer War) and ultimately got his own way in winning electorate support. But we must also keep in mind that he was an extremely intellectual politician and all he did was to gain political support from the people and remain in power. Probably any other politician, being in his position, would not have achieved them because the policies he followed were extremely well planned and thought out. His party became over-dependent on his personal charisma and this is proved by the fact that the party soon lost support and split after his retirement in 1902. ...read more.

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