1. Do you agree with the view that the outcome of the election of 1945, was ‘foregone conclusion before electioneering even started’? 4,5,6 & knowledge

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1.    Do you agree with the view that the outcome of the election of 1945, was ‘foregone conclusion before electioneering even started’? 4,5,6 & knowledge

SOURCE 4 argues that the outcome of the election of 1945 was ‘foregone conclusion before electioneering even started’ in some respects but does emphasise Churchill’s mistake in terms of his Gestapo speech and Labour better suiting the zeitgeist. This source can be trusted to be genuine as it is from David Childs’ book called ‘Britain since 1945’. It postulates that Churchill’s Gestapo speech had a major influence in the outcome of the 1945 election. Particularly, since Churchill had work with Labour members to remove Gestapo from Britain so by imposing the idea that the Labour party would be imposing a Gestapo to carry out their policies was quite simply crude. He also relied on his wartime success to bring the Tory party into power but the social attitudes of the time had now changed. The younger generation were now against war so they did not see his wartime leader image to be of any significance. Utimately, Labour’s policies were better suited the zeitgeist particularly concerning the social system offered by the Labour party as the source suggests. Labour created policies based on a social system by acting on the Beveridge report which appealed to many people as after the war , state intervention seemed a good idea. In addition, the source argues that actual Tory policies were very poor. This was due to poor election

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