• 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. "Why did the Conservative government lose so much support by 1906?"

    The 'non-conformists' and middle classes were upset at this because it was seen as 'immoral practices'. The slaves were treated badly and they were all men, this resulted in them turning to other men for sexual gratification because they were away from there wives for so long.

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

    Their National Health Service meant that, for the first time, all Britons had free access to a range of health services, ranging from hospital and GP treatment to Dental and Optical care. The creation of the NHS - led by a principled Welsh socialist named Anuerin Bevan -was not an uncomplicated matter for Labour Party.

  1. Given Churchill’s popularity in the war, why did he lose the 1945 election?

    Since the publication of the Beveridge Report, opinion polls had been showing Labour well ahead of the Conservatives. The electorate was not so much against Churchill as the Tories, whom it held responsible for the unemployment of the 1930's and for the election campaign struck the right chords, while Churchill's

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

    Chris Corin (p78) When he was appointed chairman of Russian council of ministers in 1905 during the Russian revolution of 1905, He was Convinced that Russia's interests in the Far East were best served by commerce and railroad-building, not belligerence, Witte strongly opposed the drift to war with Japan over (among other problems)

  1. To what extent did the Conservatives lose the election rather than the Liberals win ...

    But perhaps what attracted the voter's support was the repeal and reversal of many of the unpopular Conservative reforms. For example part of their manifesto was to repeal the Education Act of 1902. This repeal pleased nonconformists as when the reform was passed under Conservative governing it proved to be very unpopular with nonconformists.

  2. What were the main problems facing the new states of central Europein the interwar ...

    Not alone in rebuilding its economic status after the war Poland faced great competition for securing credit. The result, commented by A. Zamoyski 'was a bumpy economic start'13. Foreign capital saw the newly established European states as rather uncertain investments.

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

    During his stay he tried to increase the interest of the Maltese in favour of France, some sort of propaganda. On the other hand the British sent the General Ball who had already been in Malta. The General tried to increase British popularity.

  2. The debate over immigration and French identity is one of the most controversial questions ...

    immigration phenomenon role of the state in interwar french society This is hardly a modern notion owed to Jacobin revolutionaries, paternal government (regimen paternale) which is the most despotic government of all, the citizens being dealt with by it as mere children.

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