The Downfall of Lloyd George

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  • The Geddes axe- saw to  the end of recontruction
    • Budgets were to be reduced  by  £175 out of a total  expendtiure of  £1136 million
      • When ministers could only find £75 million it was Geddes' job to find the remaining £100 milion
  • Too much being expected too soon.
  • The Downfall of     Lloyd George 1922
    • Most  important factors.
      • The Coupon election- it meant that he could stay as PM but was essentially a PM without a party.
        • Less important factors
          • Independence for Ireland.  Conservatives thought it would lead to the demise of the Empire. Libs more accepting
            • Employment of the ' Black and Tans'
              • Bloody  Sunday
          • The Chanak affair. Conservatives backed  Turks whilst  LG supported Greece and didn't consult with them on the matter
            • Threatened to start another war = foolish
            • Highlighted his extremism
            • Showed he was not suited to being a peace time PM
      • Unable to understand Conservative sentiment.
      • He was trying to remain faithful to  Liberal principles whilst simultaneously not trying to deliberately antagonise the Conservatives-  one of his greatest difficulties.
      • He was very dependent on the aid of  Bonar Law
        • He was trying to remain faithful to  Liberal principles whilst simultaneously not trying to deliberately antagonise the Conservatives-  one of his greatest difficulties.
        • His resigniation was the biggest factor
          • Lg no longer able to keep up with Conservative or public sentiment
        • Meeting at the  Carlton club of 1922. Bonar Law and Stanely Baldwin decided that  his participationg was damaging the party.
    • Economics
      • Britain was facing huge amounts of debt - never seen before
        • Cannot be blamed on  LG or his incompetence to sufficiently balance the budget
    • Housing
      • 'Homes fit for heroes'  was flawed from the beginning . Simply didn't have enough money
      • Economics
        • Britain was facing huge amounts of debt - never seen before
          • Cannot be blamed on  LG or his incompetence to sufficiently balance the budget
      • Inability to fulfill his promises  led to bitterness and resentment
    • Benefits. Unemployment 1920= 3 thousand to 7 thousand. June 1921= over 2 million
      • These people were claiming benefits but were not contributing back through tax cos of unemployment= vicious circle
        • Positive = the working class finally had a safety net
          • Negative= increased gov. spending . Conservatives who were  more right- wing in economics didn't favour this  at all
    • Conclusion.  Main reason he fell from power was because he wasn't a good peace-time PM
      • Economic situation exacerbated the issue. He had to make controversial decisions.
        • His own incompetence  was the main factor
    • His postives
      • Treaty of Versailles . He saw that being too harsh on Germany would have serious economic  repercussions on the rest of Europe.
        • 170 00 homes  WERE BUILT

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