The Decline and Fall of Lloyd George: And Great Was the Fall Thereof

The Decline and Fall of Lloyd George: And Great Was the Fall Thereof

The Decline and Fall of Lloyd George: And Great Was the Fall Thereof

The Decline and Fall of Lloyd George: And Great Was the Fall Thereof

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On the first day of January 1921 few people stopped to think on the amazing and unprecedented position of Lloyd George. Certainly his own colleagues, Bonar Law, Chamberlain, Birkenhead, even Churchill, showed no sign of consciousness of the extraordinary political situation.

Lloyd George was a Prime Minister without a Party.

Of his own group of followers, made up mostly of Office-holders, many were ashamed of their association with the Tories, and longing to return to their old tried and trusted leader, H. H. Asquith, who was still in the running for Downing Street.

The back-bench Members of the Coalition Liberal Party were "uncertain, coy and hard to please". They could not be counted. They would not stand up. It is right to say that some waited eagerly and impatiently for honours and places from Lloyd George's bountiful hand. They were loyal. The rest, almost without exception, hoped for reunion with Asquith.

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