• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How far did the problems facing Balfour's government contribute to its defeat in the 1906 election?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How far did the problems facing Balfour's government contribute to its defeat in the 1906 election? By 1906 the conservative party faced many problems of which cumulated to the fall of its rule in government. These problems included a tarnished reputation due to the Boer War and the Chinese slavery affair, in which Government was made to look barbaric Balfour's lack in charisma; Balfour had a rather stayed image that did not appeal to the nation on a whole. The conservative had also a lack to commit social reform deeming them unpopular among the working class. However one can not entirely blame the defeat on problems Balfour faced, it was a change in times and there were aspects in Britain that Balfour had no control over, the growing popularity of Liberal party, the growing awareness to the inequality of wealth and the inhumane conditions of poverty. The conservatives had a hindrance in the 1906 elections in that there were three main problems that inhibited the conservative party from obtaining more votes. ...read more.

Middle

Had Balfour dealt with the ongoing social reform he would have won favour among the working class who instead look for an escape from poverty through radical socialist groups and liberal thinking. The third problem lay in the actions of the government, which had left them isolated in the world and had tarnished its image. The first horrific action was the Boer War, the inhuman conditions of the concentration camps and the cruelty towards the natives had portrayed the government as barbaric. Also many questioned why Balfour should put money into fighting abroad whilst there were still many social problems in Britain. The involvement of the Chinese "slavery" affair caused a storm of protest from both socialists and trade unions, which they would hold as a gift against the conservative government. Balfour loss more popularity due to his legislations, his Education act of 1902 disappointed many non conformists who wanted to see the scrapping of Anglican or catholic schools. To further agitate a nation who was not best pleased with the conservatives, Joe Chamberlain brought on the tariff reform. ...read more.

Conclusion

It was a time of social reform Balfour had no power of repressing this and did little to embrace it. This social reform would lead to the rise and interest in other parties that supported and sympathised with the working class. Balfour could not stop the grow interest in the liberal party and other socialist parties. The results of 1906 elections show that the conservatives did not loose many votes but the liberal gained landside results largely due to the first past the post policy. By 1906 Balfour was faced with many problems, which mostly stemmed from the extremity of poverty growing self-awareness of social inequalities. Balfour himself didn't win over much favour due to his poor decisions over both the Boer War and Chinese slavery affair and his unappealing personality. However these problems could not wholly be held responsible for his landslide defeat in 1906, the social reform and growing popularity of liberal and socialist thought would detain votes from Balfour. Whilst the conservatives prolonged service in government would lose the interest and vote of voters who grew bored of the way conservatives ran the country. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Politics essays

  1. Malta at the turn of the 19th Century.

    The British said that illiterate and ignorant people only signed the petition. A consiglio popolare would consist of such people and cause trouble, thus it was not feasible. Besides the consiglio popolare was not really an institution that had power. However a positive result was the event that followed, i.e.

  2. How far were Gandhi's actions after 1920 responsible for Indiagaining her independence in 1947?

    him of others."27 Parekh adds that Gandhi overlooked the specific context the suffering he perceived was in; for example of how Nazi brutality had little effect on a German population - in other words Gandhi's views rested on an optimistic view of humanity.

  1. Critically evaluate/assess the achievements of Sergei Witte and their consequences for the social groups ...

    the fate of Korea. He urged the Tsar to make political concessions, at first to allay general domestic discontent and in a later memorandum, to defuse the revolutionary crisis of 1905. Nicholas II did indeed address Witte's call for steps to restore public order.

  2. Account for the overwhelming Liberal Landslide in the 1906 General Election.

    The Boer War was a source of great embarrassment to the incumbent government; it created the situation by which the Unionist deteriorated further. Salisbury had promised a rapid victory over an ill equipped enemy but it did not materialise and the longer the war carried on the more frustrated the British public became.

  1. How effective were the social reforms of the Labour Government of 1945-1951 in dealing ...

    The government tacitly accepted the failures of the N.I Act when they introduced the National Assistance Act in 1948. This removed the last vestiges of the hated poor law and was designed to 'catch' those whom the N.I Act hadn't helped.

  2. Liberal success in 1906 owed more to conservative failure than liberal organization, To what ...

    The Conservatives also lost votes from the public due to the Licensing act of 1904. The government wanted to reduce the number of public house licenses available to limit the number of public houses in Britain. However this had been held up because the magistrates concerned would not withhold the

  1. The Rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire.

    The Government Officially the Sultan was the government. He had absolute power and, in theory, involved himself in ever decision taken by the government. The Sultan also assumed the title of 'Caliph', or supreme leader, of Islam. The Ottomans claimed this title for several reasons the two major holy sites, Mecca and Medina, were part of the Empire

  2. The Conservative party ruled Britain from1886 until 1905, however they lost the 1906 elections.

    He wanted to replace it with preferential tariffs; which was the idea that Britain would place import taxes on international goods, save those from British colonies who would have either lower or no taxes at all.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work