By Samantha Heywood
Churchill examines the influential occupation of Winston Churchill, British major Minster through the moment international battle and from 1951–55. It discusses his early occupation as Secretary of kingdom for struggle and Air and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Churchill as Warlord, and Churchill in competition and the 1951 govt. The e-book examines a wide selection of resources from modern newspaper money owed to Churchill's letters to his spouse.
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Naturally this episode also aroused memories of his treatment of strikers only the year before, reafﬁrming his growing reputation as an authoritarian. The most signiﬁcant of his reforms were to create a naval war staff at the Admiralty to parallel that of the War Ofﬁce and to convert all Royal Navy vessels from coal to oil. This latter decision was taken to secure superiority of speed over the German Navy, but in choosing Anglo-Persian Oil as the supplier, and by buying the majority of its shares, Churchill committed the British government to yet another sphere of inﬂuence, in Persia, which would have to be defended.
What he did have was a commitment to social reform. Now that he was Chancellor, he aimed to make the Treasury ‘an active instrument of Government social policy’6 by increasing spending on pensions, social beneﬁts and housing. The main domestic legislation of Baldwin’s government was in social reform, taking up some of the themes of the pre-war Liberal administrations. Churchill felt comfortable ﬁnancing social reform, so that – unusually – the relationship between the Treasury and Neville Chamberlain’s Ministry of Health was a cooperative one.
The emphasis on social policy and reform was to remain with Lloyd George as a constant aim. His rewriting of the Liberal Party’s political programme in the 1920s demonstrates his continued agitation for improved standards of living, housing and employment for the working classes; the titles of the so-called ‘coloured books’ reveal the importance of these concerns to him – The Land and the Nation of 1925 and We Can Conquer Unemployment of 1929, for example. For Churchill, the same cannot quite be said.
Churchill (Questions and Analysis in History) by Samantha Heywood