Winter 1908–9

  • Neal Blewett


The winter of 1908–9 found the Liberal Government at the nadir of its fortunes. The by-elections were running strongly against it. The Government’s legislative programme had been mutilated by the Lords; powerful interests had been alienated by its attempts at reform; and a deepening trade recession gripped the country. Moreover this winter found the Liberal Party itself tom by a deep division over naval policy and expenditure. 1909 promised to be bleak indeed and the Liberals seemed hesitant as to how to combat the troubles that beset them. Thus, within three years of the Liberal annus mirabilis, it appeared that the party’s tenure of power would be both short and rather barren.


Labour Party Liberal Party Conservative Party Plural Vote Trade Dispute 
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  1. 53.
    For the renewal of the conflict in the immediate aftermath of the election see Peter Fraser, ‘Unionism and Tariff Reform: The Crisis of 1906’, Historical Journal, v (1962) 149–66.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Garvin and Amery, Chamberlain, vi, ch. cxvi. The remaining section of this chapter is developed in greater detail in Blewett, Hist. J., xi (1968) 95–124.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 63.
    R. B. Jones, ‘Balfour’s Reform of Party Organisation’, Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, xxxviii (1965) 94–101.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Neal Blewett 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Neal Blewett
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  1. 1.Flinders University of South AustraliaAustralia

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