Why Were Reactions to the Reforms so Mixed?

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What was the main reaction to the reforms?
The reforms were controversial and met with enormous opposition.
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Why did the Conservatives oppose the reforms?
Conservatives opposed the cost and the idea of the "Nanny state".
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Why did doctors oppose the reforms?
Doctors were unconvinced about health insurance.
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Why did friendly societies oppose the reforms?
Friendly societies and insurance companies prevented national insurance benefits being given to widows.
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Why did some workers oppose the reforms?
Some workers resented the deductions from their wages.
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Why did the rich oppose the reforms?
Some rich people resented paying for this (taxes).
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What was David Lloyd George's reasoning for taxing the rich?
Lloyd George said that the upper class inherited much of their wealth and did little work to earn what they had, so they should pay for social reforms to help those who did work and suffered poverty.
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What did the House of Lords try to do?
They tried to stop the reforms going through.
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What happened as a result of the House of Lords trying to stop the reforms going through?
It was one cause of a major constitutional crisis which ended with the reductions of the powere of the House of Lords.
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What did the Labour party criticise about the reforms?
The fact that workers had to fund their own benefits. They felt it should come from taxation of the wralthy to help the poor.
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Meaning of "The Nanny State".
Nanny state is a term that conveys a view that the government or its policies are overprotective or interferring with personal choice.
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