By Stephen Constantine
An figuring out of Lloyd George's lengthy and in demand political occupation elucidates a number of the key concerns in smooth British heritage. noticeable by means of a few as `the guy who gained the war', he used to be important to the political job which looked as if it would safe the pre-eminence of the Liberal celebration prior to the 1st international struggle, yet which later contributed to its relief in prestige. His tasks in govt, rather within the region of social reform, helped to redefine the connection among the nation and society and laid the foundation for the Welfare State.
This pamphlet examines those advancements as regards to Lloyd George's Welsh history, his own objectives and his reaction to the demanding situations posed to Liberal society by means of radical conservatism and socialism. It attracts at the wealth of fabric that's now to be had and gives a concise, interpretive examine.
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He condemned the war partly on principle. From his Welsh Baptist background he drew the certainty that war was terrible: it should therefore only ever be undertaken as a last resort and only in a just cause. But there was, he claimed, no justice in the British case. It was not being fought, as officially stated, to establish the democratic rights of uitlanders. Kruger had in fact offered concessions which would in time establish the right of residents to vote, and this would secure British interests by peaceful means.
Lloyd George also wanted to encourage support for the Liberals among the professional and commercial middle classes whose meritocratic values and entrepreneurial zeal ought to be offended by inherited, unearned and therefore undeserved aristocratic privilege. Lloyd George was denounced for setting class against class: in fact he aimed to unite all those who earned their living, middle class and working class, against a privileged elite. This had, after all, been central to much traditional nineteenth-century radical thinking and in the past an electorally attractive feature of Liberalism.
The obverse was some scepticism of the expertise and advice of civil servants. Third, his dealings as a minister with interest groups increased his preference for private negotiations rather than open political debate as a way of resolving issues. Fourth, and most important, he derived from his legislative and equally from his administrative experiences a vivid appreciation of the potential power of the state. His critics sometimes argued that his measures were serious departures from the principles of free trade and non-interference by the state.
Lloyd George (Lancaster Pamphlets) by Stephen Constantine