By F. McDonough

The 1st ever significant research reading of the perspectives of the Conservative occasion in the direction of the major facets of Anglo-German family from 1905 to 1914. Drawing on a large choice of unique resources, it examines the Conservative reaction to the German possibility, and argues that the reaction of the Conservative get together in the direction of Germany confirmed a marked absence of open hostility in the direction of Germany. total, this significant new examine presents a robust and past due corrective to the normal depiction of the Conservative get together in competition as 'Scaremongers' and the executive resource of Germanophobic perspectives one of the British political events.

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28 Balfour said of the acrimony within the Shadow Cabinet over the House of Lords issue, In a Cabinet, if there is a division of opinion the rule is that the majority must prevail; and if the view of the majority is not accepted; those who will not accept it have no alternative but to leave the government. 31 Lansdowne shared the misgivings expressed by Balfour over the role of the Shadow Cabinet in Opposition policy formation. The ex-Foreign Secretary believed that proposing anything to the Shadow Cabinet meant ‘considerable delay’, and he thought its meetings were unsuitable during ‘emergencies’.

F. Remnant, MP, summed up the general feelings of backbench critics of Balfour’s organisation of the party in parliament in a letter to the Morning Post: In the House of Commons the organisation is as defective today for practical purposes as it has ever been during the whole time I have had the honour to sit in the House. Advisers drawn from a very small section of the party beset the leader and the Front Bench who represent a still smaller section of the Unionist Party outside it. Consequently, the leader knows little or nothing of the opinion of the rank and file and nothing is ever done to encourage any member outside the select circle to take an active role.

But criticism also came from a few leading figures in the party rank and file. Lord Charles Beresford, a leading backbench figure on naval matters, said of Lee in 1914, ‘Why Mr. 55 Not surprisingly, the position of Lee as leading Opposition spokesman in the House of Commons on the navy was by no means uncontested. The alternative and obvious candidate was Pretyman, a country gentleman of so-called impeccable lineage. He had the added advantage of having served much longer at the admiralty before 1905.

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