Essay about Lloyd George's Policies

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Lloyd George's Policies How did Lloyd George become an outdated asset in 1922 from a wartime hero in 1918 in the space of four years? Lloyd George’s own policies and his dependence on the conservatives did play a part in his political decline; however this alone didn’t account for his failure and fall. A range of events, issues and reactions played a pivotal part in his downfall.

Before 1918 LG had long been the most dynamic Liberal minister, he injected energy into the Liberal party to show that the party wasn’t doomed to decline. During the war he was made Minister of Munitions, where he was the one undoubted success of the coalition. He was dynamic and thus in due
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The reasons behind this were for their own benefit. They hadn’t won the election since 1902, and thus as a result had lost confidence in themselves. At the end of the WWI LG was seen as the ‘man who won the war’, and as a result the Conservatives hope to profit from the PM’s popularity.

It could be said that the main reason for his political decline was due to him being trapped in a political limbo or no mans land, as he was in an inherently unstable position. Furthermore, we would be able to assume if he declined the post of Prime Minister and allowed Asquith to continue, by 1922 would he still be a political force? I believe it is right to say due to his indiscretion he was a ‘prisoner of the Conservatives’.

His relationship with Andrew Bonar Law was vital in helping him to ride out the storm. Bonar Law was known as the ‘lynch –pin’ of the coalition. Baldwin believed that LG and Bonar Law formed ‘the most perfect relationship in political history’. Bonar Law was very effective in informing LG of the Conservative backbencher’s opinions; he was an effective mediator between the two wings. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1916 – 18, a man of great ability and industry. He was able to act as a brake for LG’s wilder schemes; one scheme which he taught of was the ‘fusion’ of the coalition government into one

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