By Michael Lynch
This identify covers the most important monetary, political and social problems with the interval. It specializes in the altering fortunes of the political events on the time and the ways that they have been tormented by the affects of the 2 international wars. The pressures for social reform during the interval also are analysed.
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For him, it was a question of all or nothing. If women were to gain the vote, it must be all women. As was his way, he negotiated with the various interested groups with a view to reaching a settlement. His motives were not always trusted, however, and he suffered for his pains; in 1912 he was physically assaulted by a group of suffragettes and his house in Surrey was bombed. 44 | Britain 1900–51 Although Lloyd George genuinely tried to find a satisfactory agreement, his leader, Asquith, refused for too long to give ground to the central principle of female suffrage.
In 1910, Winston Churchill as home secretary was accused by the miners of ordering the shooting of strikers. The accusation followed an incident at Tonypandy, where a violent clash between strikers and the local police led the Chief Constable to appeal for troop reinforcements to be sent to help control the situation. Churchill did send an army detachment, as he did to other trouble spots, but this was after the worst of the rioting had occurred; at no time did he issue specific orders that soldiers should use their weapons.
Differentials Separate rates of pay for different levels of skill. Interestingly, the National Insurance Act met strong resistance from the very people it was intended to benefit. Its compulsory character was particularly disturbing to the five-and-a-half million people, many of them working class, who already paid privately into schemes run by insurance companies, friendly societies and trade unions. The workers doubted that they were going to gain more from an imposed State plan than from their own private insurance.
Access to History: Britain 1900-51 by Michael Lynch