Politics

The 1911 National Insurance Act

While watching the second episode of Dr. Pamela Cox’s BBC documentary, Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs, I was struck by yet another instance of similarity between today and the Edwardian era. I blogged a bit about Lloyd George and his controversial “People’s Budget“, and the push for national insurance was a part …

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Politics

Daily Life in the British Parliament: The People’s Budget

Between 1908 and 1914, politics were trapped in a frightful deadlock. The General Election of 1906 led to a landslide defeat of the Conservative Party and their Liberal Unionist allies, tipping the balance of power to the Liberal Party and the rapidly emerging Labour Party. Topics such as women’s suffrage, workmen’s compensation, trade unionism, old …

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