How To Keep The Duke? (June–August 1903)
The day of public opinion polls had not then dawned. But if, in midsummer of 1903, a poll had been taken on the straight issue of Tariff Reform and Imperial Preference, it seems likely that Chamberlain would have been in a minority. His new policy challenged strongly held convictions and deep-rooted prejudices. There had been little time to educate the electorate. Above all the Cabinet compact of 9 June had prevented Chamberlain from giving a clear lead to the country and appealing to popular emotions as well as to sectional interests.
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