How Successful Was David Lloyd George and the British Government in Dealing with the Irish Question in 1918 – 1922? Essay

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How successful was David Lloyd George and the British Government in dealing with the Irish question in 1918 – 1922? David Lloyd George and the British Government faced many issues during the years between 1918 – 1922. After having to postpone the Irish Home Rule Bill 1912 due to WW1, it left DLG and the British Government in a sticky situation once the war ended. Ireland was on the verge of a huge Civil War and they knew that it had to be resolved very soon. Despite this issue, DLG and the British Government set in place a range of Acts and treaty’s in order to successfully resolve this issue. It may however be argued that they made the situation worse by partitioning Ireland, splitting it into the Unionists in the North and the Republicans in the South. David Lloyd George decided to tackle this problem with a strategy revolving around repression and reform. He decided to send in a group called the ‘Black and Tans’. These were army and police men and were sent to fight the IRA and reduce the chances of the civilians of Ireland retaliating. It was evident that he may have not made the right decision by sending in the Black and Tans as they were a brutal force who used severe violence against the people, ‘murder for murder’ was their policy. This overall shows an unsuccessful attempt from David Lloyd George and the British Government in dealing with the Irish question as it was later shown that the small war had left 750 dead and over 850 wounded. Despite this failure, David Lloyd George soon realised that the tactic of using violence was not bringing him success and he soon knew that his only choice was to enforce peace. Not only did the British people not want many thousands of men going to war with the Irish, the press and the USA were horrified by the situation and it was giving Britain and DLG a bad name. In order to ensure peace, DLG proposed a peace
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