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The Liberal Election Of 1906 And The Dissatisfaction With The Conservative Party

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The Liberal Election of 1906 and the Dissatisfaction with the Conservative Party

The 1906 election was a landslide victory for the Liberal Party. It
was a dramatic turn-around for the main contender to British
Government that had been out of power for twenty years. The Liberals
won 377 seats outright, and including the 27 Lib-Lab seats and around
80 Irish Home Rule seats they had made a dramatic defeat. The
Conservative Party lost 245 seats since the 1900 election, in 1906
they had only 157. However, this majority does not seem so great when
looked at in percentage of votes. The Liberals won just over 50% of
the vote, while the Conservatives were only slightly behind with 43%.
This apparent anomaly is explained by the British Electoral system;
the 'first past the post' policy where the M.P with the highest number
of votes wins, regardless of whether other Parties have nearly the
same number of votes. This sensational change in the British public's
votes must have been a sign of the obvious change in mood over the
Conservative's term. Was the electoral result a consequence of
changing British values, or was it a result of Conservative blunders?

There is no doubt that the various stratas of British society were all
dissatisfied at some point with Conservative rule. The working classes
in particular felt upset by the Conservatives over many issues.
Chinese Slavery, the decision by the Conservative Government to send
thousands of Chinese labourers to South Africa to work the goldmines
to rebuild the economy after the Boer War angered many of the working
class. To them this decision closed the chance of white emigration to
South Africa by taking away any work that would have been there for
them when they got there. Some felt solidarity with the Chinese and
believed that they had been put into slavery, they wondered whether
the same type of thing could happen to themselves in Britain. The 1901
Taff Vale case enraged many of the working class, especially the
unionists. After the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants went on
strike and were sued, they were made to pay £42,000 with costs. This
set a precedent so that no union could strike without fear of
ruination through suing. To the working class it seemed as though the
Government did nothing. They did not reverse the judgement but set up
a Royal Commission that served to delay the fine, not cancel it. When
Tariff Reform became an issue the Conservatives split into factions -
'Free Fooders', 'Whole Hoggers' and 'Balfourites'; those who believed
voraciously in Free Trade, who backed Chamberlain completely, or who
supported the Prime Minister in all his decisions. The Liberals were
united against Tariff Reform and so was Ritchie, Chancellor of the
Exchequer, who wanted to reassert Free Trade. The Liberals put across
the 'Small loaf...

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