How successful was Lord Liverpools government in defeating radical demands 1815-1827?

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How successful was Lord Liverpool’s government in defeating radical demands 1815-1827?

Lord Liverpool’s government in the period of 1815-1827 used many different methods to try and control the fast progressing threat of Radicals who, classes, wanted reform of parliament. Some historians feel Lord Liverpool had failed in the period and radicals were still rife however other historians argue that the methods were very successful. The latter argument seems to be the truth.

Historians argue that in the given period the government under Lord Liverpool’s acts were successful in defeating radical demands. One method of dealing with radical demands was to squash any ‘revolutions’ such as the Cato Street Conspiracy of 1821 with the use of spies such as ‘ William the Spy’. The arrests of the radicals that followed put many off popular protest and so began after 1820 a decline in protests. This clearly shows how spies and the resulting hangings not only managed to squash demands by preventing violent action which would force the government to cave in but the resulting punishments acted as deterrents for any further  copycats or radicals wishing to protest.

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One major issue in the period was Catholic emancipation so was a big target for radicals’ demands.

As by the mid 1820s the predominantly Catholic country of Ireland was very sensitive on the issue, as shown by the movement of The Catholic Association.  Throughout the period of his government Lord Liverpool kept the issue an open question and in his failing to address it showed the Catholics he may be still be willing to grant them repeal of the Act on Union 1800 but at the same time denied all of their demands. This was a very clever political move ...

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