To what extent was Lloyd George 'A prisoner of the Tories'?
YES, DLG was prisoner of the Tories
From the very start, DLG was arguably limited in his validity in playing a 'role' or contributing any 'value' to the coalition. Had the Tory majority not been as dramatic, DLG 'imprisonment' wouldn't have been as much a twofold in the eyes of both the public and parliament itself.
After the war, DLG was determined to recapture his old image as a great social reformer, and the Coalition made several pledges to the country promising social reforms. He said that he wanted to ''make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in''. In the first 2 years of the coalition, these were delivered. Education reforms, in the form of raising the school leaving age, school building programmes, increases teachers wages and the start of the evening classes were brought in. There were extensions to the unemployment and old age pension benefits. Addison, a Liberal minister, brought in his Housing Act 1919, forcing councils to build housing. This policy produced some 170,000 homes, although its simple clash of Liberal-Conservative ideologies:- only foregrounds the insecurity of DLG's place in…