In the early months of 1910 the demands of government and the electoral interests of the Liberal Party coincided. It was imperative that the Budget be passed into law as soon as possible. It was equally imperative that the Cabinet reach an agreed policy on the House of Lords. These were governmental necessities. They were also electoral necessities, for the Liberals could hardly face a second election with the Budget unpassed and policy on the House of Lords still undefined.
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- 69.There are two excellent and complementary accounts of these developments in Gollin, Garvin, pp. 208–34, and Ronan Fanning, ‘The Unionist party and Ireland 1906–10’, Irish Historical Studies, xv (1966) 162–71.Google Scholar