They didn’t get a majority government in 1910 like they did in 1906 which led them to think that social reform was the way to gain votes. Many politicians who came from modest backgrounds also wanted to “wage war” on poverty as they saw it as the scourge of modern day Britain and it was the governments job to fix
In addition the interest on the debt alone was £9 million per year. All of this made it clear to Pitt that something had to happen to try to escape from the mess the government was in. In the 18th century there was a serious problem with people smuggling goods such as tea and tobacco into the country. This was to avoid the duty tax on products, which gave them a huge profit margin. This profit margin made the risk worth taking for many, resulting in the government losing money due to be not paying duty tax.
“Balfour’s leadership was responsible for the decline in the popularity of the conservative party in the years 1902 – 1906.” How far do you agree? In the year 1902 to 1906, the Conservative party began to lose popularity, causing the Liberal party to beat them in the next general election. There are many reasons as to why the Conservatives began to lose support. Some of the reasons are because of A. J. Balfour, whereas others were not his fault. Balfour’s position as Conservative prime minister after Salisbury’s death in 1902 did not help the Conservative cause.
John majors government came into office after the downfall of Margret Thatcher, which ultimately created divisions within the party. Not only did the party suffer from the internal conflict but also faced the problems of the recession after the ‘Lawson boom’. In order to stabilise the economy he joined the ERM getting a good deal but ultimately resulting in ‘black Wednesday’ causing Major to raise interest rates to 15%. This was political suicide and he soon lost the support of the press we had once relied so much on to get re-elected in 1992. The housing market also plummeted leading to negative equity, which the majority of the working class could not afford resulting in the repossession of their houses combined with the drastic increase in unemployment Britain was in a mess.
Henry was exposed to the pull of the factions but a new aristocratic approach to the government strengthened the conservative faction however with the arrest of Duke of Norfolk (1547) and the dismissal of Gardiner from the Privy Chamber the reformists gained the much needed advantage . This shows that there was a threat to the stability of the government as Henrys most trusted councillors seemed to become more radically involved in the faction rivalry during the last 8 years of Henrys reign. This may have added pressure on Henry and his deteriorating health thus he may have not been able
In Germany America’s economic failure contributed to the rise of Adolf Hiltler, so the Stock Market Crash had a domino effect on our country and others. In America there were 16 million unemployed, which was about one third of the available labor force (Livingston1). There was some companies that faired well through-out this gloom; Camel Cigarettes was the top selling tobacco product. The reasoning for that is people were stressed out and felt that cigarettes relived
The act also emplaced the Tariff of 1922. Intended to simply protect the American market, the tariff ended up completely barring the country from European goods. Harding was an advocate of big business, and passed different acts in support of big business. Mellon enacted several Revenue Acts, which lowered taxes on businesses and put them under less government regulation. This support for big business caused an expansion in the overall consumerism of the country.
The Tariff placed high taxes on imports leading to a decline in international trade. The United States held many loans with European countries that began to default. Reduction in international market spending in the US, coupled with the high tariffs placed on foreign countries led to unemployment abroad and foreign countries were forced to impose their own tariffs on other countries (Kelly, n.d.). The Great Depression was perhaps most devastating to the individual and family. The Depression was recorded to have decreased the marriage rate which helped lead to a decline in the birth rate.
Labour lost power in 1924 because of events it could not control rather than its record in Government. Ninety years ago today, the British political landscape was shattered by the election of the first Labour government, the Annual Register called it ‘A revolution in British politics as profound as that associated with the Reform Act of 1832’. After an inconclusive election on 6 December 1923 resulting in a hung parliament resulted in Ramsay MacDonald taking office as both Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary leading a minority government on 22 January 1924. However labour’s time in the lime light was cut short; on the 8th of October that same year the Macdonald administration was voted out of parliament. The nature of the labour’s downfall is fickle as it is arguable whether or not labour’s downfall is owed to
Wilson and not heath was responsible for a decade of decline and economic failure. (45 marks) Wilson and Heath’s time in office was to begin with optimism both hoping for promising change and attempting to modernise Britain and try and catch up with industrial rivals. Whether it was through a ‘white heat’ or ‘quiet’ revolution, both PM’s promises however never lived up to their expectation, the previous governments had badly hindered the economy for both Wilson and Heath and as a result during their 10 collective years in power resulted in economic decline, instead of promised transformation and advancement of Britain. It is arguable that much of the responsibility of the economic decline in this period could be seen to be Wilson. During