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British Politics, 1910-1935: The Crisis of the Party System by David Powell

By David Powell

This available new learn offers a much-needed consultant to the pivotal interval of British heritage among 1910 and 1935, opposed to the historical past of upheavals reminiscent of the 1st global conflict and the transition to complete democracy because of the Reform Acts of 1918 and 1928. Combining an up to date synthesis of earlier paintings with a reappraisal of the most personalities, issues and occasions of the interval, David Powell brings readability to this significant but complicated period.Examining British politics at the eve of struggle, David Powell assesses the impression of battle at the events and the political approach and the method of realignment that within the interwar interval. particularly he analyzes to what quantity those occasions as a complete constituted a predicament of the celebration method. From the constitution of the Edwardian political procedure and the get together politics of pre-war Britain, via to the commercial and political drawback of 1931 and the next rebuilding of the social gathering procedure, this complete research bargains an integral survey to all scholars of British heritage or politics.

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The Irish Nationalists retained their eighty-strong phalanx and remained on the Liberal side, since, despite their opposition to some aspects of Lloyd George’s budget, they saw in the confrontation with the Lords and a changed parliamentary situation an opportunity for making progress towards their principal demand of Irish Home Rule. Thus, even though the Liberal party had lost its independent majority, it could still be confident of commanding the support of the House of Commons and faced no immediate challenge to its retention of power.

The Liberals, for once, had been united as a party and had benefited from the accumulated unpopularity of a long term of Unionist government. In particular they had been able to exploit Unionist divisions over Tariff Reform and to capitalise on the electorate’s preference for the familiar policy of Free Trade. 47 For many commentators, and subsequent historians, it was the emergence of the Labour party that was the most significant factor about the 1906 election. 48 This is an argument that will be examined in more detail in due course.

The climax of this strategy of resistance came with the Lords’ rejection of the Liberal government’s ‘People’s Budget’ in November 1909, precipitating a constitutional crisis which prompted Asquith, Campbell-Bannerman’s successor as prime minister, to call a 28 Parties and politics in Edwardian Britain further general election for January 1910. The motif that runs through all these twists of political fortune, however, is that of the revival of the two-party system, with Liberals and Unionists locked in a struggle for power in which smaller parties, such as Labour or the Irish Nationalists, played at most a subordinate or supporting role.

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