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

The problems facing Conservatives from 1899-1905 and the growth of Liberal popularity.

Extracts from this document...


The problems facing Conservatives from 1899-1905 and the growth of Liberal popularity: Political personalities: Balfour, who had been known as "Bloody Balfour" when he was made Irish secretary had little knowledge or cares for the people of the country and followed a policy of Laissez faire, thinking that it was not the place of the government to intervene in the lives of the poor, thinking that they were poor because of their own fault. The British foreign policy was of isolationism; as to try and include themselves in something would only have a bad result: "British foreign policy is to lazily float down a stream, putting out a pole now and then to avoid collision". He was described by Lloyd George as "not a man but a mannerism" although the Liberal leader had been described as the best Tory weapon. ...read more.


Taff Vale Judgement: When the HoL allowed a company to sue a trade union for "loss of earnings" the TU's power was taken away, so that the working class hardly had any rights. The HoL was a mainly Conservative, which turned the workers even more against the Tories, and the Tories could have stopped the bill if they had wanted to but they didn't, so lost a lot of support from the w/ class, who subsequently turned to the Liberal party to be represented. The Boer War: This was meant to be short and effective, but proved to be long, expensive and embarrassing. 70% of those who signed up were turned away because they were considered malnutrition, which showed the need for social reform (which wouldn't come from the Conservative Party), and the war sowed that the army was in desperate need of reorganisation and improvements. ...read more.


At the time, however, it was considered a success. 1906 Manifesto: Their previous manifestos had always included Ireland, a topic which had ended their previous reign in parliament, so the Liberals made sure that in their manifesto there would be no mention of Ireland. There was however, mention of such things as OAP and NI, which had only been rumoured of before, and would seem very attractive to the growing w/ class voters. Reforms: The reforms of 1867 and 1884 had extended the vote to many more working class men, so that the Liberal party would get their votes, as they had been put off Conservative after Taff Vale. 1905 Balfour resignation: To prove to the public how ineffective the Liberal party would be if they were in government, Balfour resigned in 1905, before the election. The Liberal party, however, were very effective, and gained public support over this too. ...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. Minority Rights, Identity Politics and Gender in Bangladesh: Current Problems and Issues

    On the other hand, false cases are being cooked up against these boys. Women are feeling more insecure both physically and mentally and the situation is ripe for a slow and steady exodus into India. It is reported that whole villages have already left and resettled themselves in West Bengal, sticking close to their old neighbors.

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

    The National Insurance Act practically ended absolute poverty (existence below subsistence level) in Britain and it removed the degrading process of means testing. But, there were problems with the act. The amounts to be given were set in 1946, yet the scheme didn't actually start until 1948, by which time the benefits had lost much of their value.

  1. Summary of the Causes of the 1905 Revolution.

    The liberals were against the arbitrariness practiced by the tsar's government with abandon. They demanded economic and social reforms. The liberals working within the zemstvo institutions called for a representative assembly.

  2. The Problems Facing the Newly United Italy in 1870.

    With the government not being able to cope with the country's problems it reflected the lack of national unity and the regional differences in the Italian Kingdom. This leads on to the social problems that unification brought around. There was a divide between the North and the South.

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

    However the party was not exactly the same as they had changed some of their ideas and 'New Liberalism' was now what the majority of the party believed in. 'New Liberalism,' was the belief that the state had a duty to be actively involved in the lives of its citizens,

  2. 'Asses the success of the Liberals from 1906-1914 in dealing with their domestic problems.'

    unrest, with days lost escalating to 41 million, in 1914 and the Suffragettes continuing with their violent protests. Actions such as 'The Cat and Mouse Act' and force-feeding were a shrewd way of dealing with the Suffragettes but could be seen as inhumane towards the women.

  1. The 1906 General Election saw a convincing Liberal landslide of 399 Liberal seats to ...

    navies in the world would suggest that as early as 1889 the Conservative government was aware of Britain's precarious position. The Bluewater Rule was couched in terms of securing Splendid Isolation. But given that Britain had a massive empire that she could only patrol by sea, it would seem that such a law should have been totally unnecessary.

  2. Civil Service Reform.

    For example, the time it takes to process a passport has been reduced from an average of three and a half weeks to one week. The Benefits agency has consistently met tough targets set for it on clearance times and accuracy rates.

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