The Cabal Ministry

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  • The Cabal Ministry, 1667-72
    • Financial Policy
      • Clifford & Cooper in charge
      • Policy of Retrenchment - more income, less expenditure
      • 1670 - in debt by £2mil/year
      • 1671 - 'Stop of the Exchequer' - refused to pay debts
      • 1670 - Secret Treaty of Dover
      • Finance never really sorted, constantly overspends
    • Religious Policy
      • CII - toleration, Parliament - repression
      • 1670 - 2nd Conventicle Act
      • 1672 - 2nd Declaration of Indulgence
      • 1673 - CII agrees to 1st Test Act
      • CII's religious policies influenced by lack of money - 'power of the purse', parliament control them
    • Foreign Policy
      • 1670 - Treaty of Dover = Alliance with the French
      • 1672-74 - 3rd Anglo-Dutch War
    • Collapse of the Cabal
      • 1673-74 = disintegration. Clifford committed suicide in 1673
      • Cooper - sacked for impertinence
      • Arlington and Buckingham fall out over who's to blame for the Dutch War failure
        • Eventually, Buckingham dismissed and Arlington gives up
      • 1674 - Ministry had collapsed
      • Failed in religious policies
      • made alliance with France (one aim) but failed by 1674
      • policies increased suspicion of Catholicism

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