Why was the People's Budget,1909 Controversial?

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It was a complex new approach to taxation

  • Previously raised to pay for Government expenditure, now to redistribute wealth
    • Targeted the rich to help the poor: similar to what Labour wanted
  • Conservatives said it was an unprecedented attack on property

Did Lloyd George deliberately engineer Conflict?

  • Lloyd George hated privileged especially landed privilege
  • Unlikely to cause conflict since:
    • Asquith and Lloyd George's priority was Liberal Reforms which budget would pay for
    • Liberals watered down reforms to get them passed and concealed Old Age Pensions
    • Reforms needed kickstart with injection of cash



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