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  • Treaty of Versailles 1919
    • April 1919, 233 Conservative MP's signed  telegram expressing fear that it was to lenient.
    • Liberals branded reparation payments too harsh.
      • Keynes's Economic Consequences of the Peace (1919) condemns treaty and Lloyd George's contribution to it
    • THE FALL OF LLOYD GEORGE 1918-1922
      • Honours Scandal 1922
        • 'Moral Bankruptcy'
        • Selling Honours and Peerages to establish a personal political fund
          • Knighthood: £10,000 Baronetcy: £30,000 Peerage: £50,000+
        • Likened to pre war Marconi Scandal 1913, cited as an example of his dishonesty and financial corruption.
      • Lack of a political party base,
        • Coalition was dominated by conservatives who occupied 335 of a total 478 coalition seats
          • 1918  Lloyd George's reputation stood at its zenith, Conservatives aimed to exploit this and 'Power Without Responsibility'
          • Lloyd George= 'Prime minister without a party'
      • Carlton Club Meeting 1922.
        • Baldwin speaks of Lloyd George as: As a dynamic force which has already shattered the Liberal party and was well on its way to doing the same for the Conservative Party.
        • Vote: 187 to 87 in favour of fighting next election on their own
        • Bonar Law and Stanley Baldwin decided that  his participation was damaging the party.
      • Unorthodox leadership style and personal scandals.
        • Civil Service felt undermined by his use of the 'Garden Suburb'
        • 'Presidential' style of leadership, whereby he was 'First among equals'
          • September 1921 he summoned cabinet meeting in Inverness town hall as he was holidaying in the Scottish Highlands.
        • Leaked information to the press
        • 'The Goat' had a mistress and wife.
          • Scandalous Conduct, appalled moralistic conservatives and tarnished L.G's public reputation.
        • Discontent within the coalition was unmistakable, yet there were various different factors which motivated the 187 MP's who voted.
          • Dislike of Lloyd Georges style of government which appeared corrupt.
          • 'Die Hards' alienated by perceived softness of Versailles.
          • Chanak acted as final straw, Lloyd George was no longer an electoral asset
          • The Slump, high unemployment, and interest rates, violence in Ireland. L.G becomes Scapegoat for Tory policies which failed., and he was forced to adopt.


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