Why Disraeli Came To Power

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Born in 1804, the grandson of a Jewish immigrant, a notorious gambler and a romancer of married women, Benjamin Disraeli came from a relatively poor Jewish background with no public school education. So how was it that this unconventional dandy rogue, in spite of the huge number of disadvantages he faced, became one of the most influential leaders and prime ministers of the Conservative party and Britain in the history of British politics? His incredible (if more than a little slow) rise to the top of the British political system was due to a combination of different factors but most importantly his own personal political and oratorical skills (most notably his brilliant show of political awareness in passing the second Reform Act in 1867) and the luck and circumstance that surrounded his life and the Conservative Party parliament at the time. And, even though the lack of other potential candidates did affect his chances if there had been other candidates, Disraeli’s ncredible political skills would have given him the edge needed to become leader. In his unexpected ascent to the top of British politics luck and circumstance were incredibly important in helping him achieve his ambitious plans to show the nature of his genius: Following the split in the Conservative Party over the Repeal of the Corn Laws, the Conservatives lost almost all of their politically talented MPs, thus leading for the party to be labelled the “Stupid Party” due to their minimal political interest and concern for the well-being of their land. Even in the 1850’s when Derby did manage to form the first Conservative Government for almost ten years, their lack of expertise and political ability was still a major hindrance to how they could perform in office in satisfying the needs of the electorate. Although this disastrous period of impotence was awful for the party, it did no harm to
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