The kaleidoscopic changes in Unionist policy during the election had stemmed above all from desperation. Sandars, critical of the failure of Balfour and the old guard to compromise, bluntly told his master on the eve of the Conference breakdown to prepare for ‘our third consecutive defeat’.1 A fortnight later Strachey wrote to Lansdowne: ‘I hope I am not too pessimistic, but I confess to feeling very deep anxiety as to the course of the election. It seems to me almost impossible that we can obtain a majority or reduce the Government majority to a small figure. But nothing less than that can save the situation.’2
KeywordsUnionist Policy Government Majority Home Rule Southern County Unionist Majority
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