The Liberal Party And The Conservative Party Essay

1855 Words Nov 1st, 2016 8 Pages
While both structure and agency played a key role in the replacing of the Liberal party with Labour it could be said that structure worked more as a catalyst while agency played a direct part in the replacement of the Liberal party; it could be argued “structure and agency [cannot] be divorced” (McHugh, 2001, p.6). While values giving way to class and an electorate tripling in size does create some convincing arguments that structure is the best explanation for Labour replacing the Liberal party as the main opposition to the Conservatives it seems that agency underpins these; the argument that the Liberals failed to find an unchanging ideological position seems to run through the core of their demise; this mixed with their apparent insecurity and inability to symphysis with the working class allows for the most convincing arguments to be that agency best explains Labour replacing the Liberal party as the main opposition to the Conservatives.
It could, for example, be argued that agency best explains Labour replacing the Liberal Party as the main opposition to the Conservatives as the internal crisis; post this internal crisis the Liberal party have not “shown any sign of a convincing recovery as a party of power.” (O. Morgan, 1971, p. 68).The Liberals inability to stay united runs clearly throughout their demise, another issue on which there was major division was on the controversial topic of military conscription and while the internal crisis forced Asquith to give the…

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