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Was the most important reason for the collapse of the coalition government in 1922 Lloyd George himself? David Lloyd George took over on 1916 due to the lack of urgency Asquith had during World War I

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Was the most important reason for the collapse of the coalition government in 1922 Lloyd George himself? David Lloyd George took over on 1916 due to the lack of urgency Asquith had during World War I. The king offers the job to Lloyd George and his own part (Liberals) do not support him due to this he divides his own party into two separate parties. Lloyd George was a strong and decisive leader in contrast to Asquith and managed to win the war. During the war he brings about more government controls and brings the country up. Due to the significant win over the war Lloyd George's popularity increases and his Liberal coalition Government won considerably in the general election in 1918. The vast majority of the government was the Conservatives. The coalition government ends in 1922 when Lloyd George is forced to resign The Conservatives decided that they did not want to remain under the control of David Lloyd George. There are many reasons why I think that Lloyd George was the most important reason for the collapse of the coalition government. One of the reasons is that he never planned any sufficient way of helping Britain during the economic slump. Two million people were out of work. He introduced the new unemployment scheme in 1921, this could not cope with the demands placed upon it but the government could not turn back. ...read more.

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This links to him being a leader without a party. He was more of an individual and did not care less about whom he upset this carelessness lead him to lose support for the coalition. If he was not upsetting the coalition then he was doing something to lose support from the public and was not able to come with a comprise making both happy. He was only efficient during the war years after his decisions were not thought through properly for example the Middle-Eastern crisis here he had promise two countries the same piece of land. Also it was in his position that he sustains control as he was leader of a divided party, and was responsible for that division. You can see that all these reasons causes him to lose all his support due to his "silly" decisions and not making both the public and his own party happy he worked on his own not caring about the their opinion by this he was losing all his support and can be said to be the most important reason for the collapse of the coalition government. Above, are the reason to why I agree with this statement but there are more reasons to why I disagree with this statement. One of the reasons why I disagree with this statement is because the coalition's failings were so large that they wouldn't have been able to stay in power and all the failings were not only the fault of Lloyd ...read more.

Conclusion

Whatever decision Lloyd George made he had to please the conservative as they won the most votes so this always had an affect on his decisions and so he cannot be blamed for his decisions that led into failings as a compromise had to be made pleasing both the public and the conservatives as it is a difficult choice choosing between your own party and your voters. Also there was always backbench pressure from the Conservatives and some were always against Lloyd George. Altogether I do not agree with the question as Lloyd George tried his hardest to compromise between everyone and he was not the main reason he is responsible for some of the reasons but he cannot be categorised as the most important reason he helped the government and the public but had to disappoint them in some cases he did make some silly mistake like the middle-eastern crisis but that did not affect his country so this is not a reason for the collapse of the coalition government. Also when some of the coalition government never wanted Lloyd George to be in power there was always going to be a failure. Most the reasons for the collapse of the coalition government are their decisions and there affect on Lloyd George's decision so finally I can say that Lloyd George is not the most important reason for the collapse of the coalition government in 1922 ?? ?? ?? ?? Laxna Ragunath 12E Monday 17th October 05 ...read more.

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