He felt that the way Britain ran Irish affairs was unfair and undemocratic.
Notably would be the increase in the top rate of taxation of 7s 6d and measures which would see the addition of two million to the number of income tax payers. This ensured that for the first time in British history a majority of the British population would be liable to pay income tax.
Some within the cabinet would become concerned at the closeness between the two and the fact that Wood was apparently converted to attempting to control the national economy via national income accounting.
One of the lasting measures of the government was the creation of PAYE Pay As You Earnwhich would see that income tax would be deducted from current pay as opposed to retrospectively being paid on the earnings of prior years. The measure would be introduced in the budget to the cheers of the government benches in the Commons.
Perhaps the lasting legacy of the Wood government would be its Ireland policy. Wood, in voting against the 4th Home Rule Bill of the Lansbury government inhad vowed to accept the vote of the Commons which was in favour and to repeal the bill as Bonar Law had done so in This break with the policy that had existed since the introduction of the 1st Home Rule Bill during the time of Salisbury, represents an interesting shift from traditional Toryism towards a more conciliatory form of modern Conservatism.
Sinn Fein, expected by most to have a large plurality or even a majority in the new legislature; the Nationalists, who would form a distinct rump in the new legislature with its strongholds of Monaghan and Waterford the only real electoral bases of the party left ; the Irish Labour Party with its base to the south of Dublin ; and the Southern Unionists, expected to gain a handful of seats in Dublin.
The campaign was drawn out and was understood to have only built up as soon as the election date, the 9th Julywas announced. Sinn Fein argued that if they were elected with a large mandate, they would gain a mandate from which to argue for Ireland to receive dominion or greater status from Britain.
By contrast, it seemed that the Nationalists, under yet another Redmond, were tired, old, and were without a purpose now that Home Rule had been achieved.
The Unionists mustered 5 members for the new parliament, all but one from the Dublin area. Word in Ireland began to spread that the Westminster government would move to invalidate the election result and would seek to repeal the Home Rule Act once again. Wood, however, would remain resolute in his vow to accept the will of parliament on the matter of Home Rule.The Ashbourne Land Act A In , Parnell joined with the Conservatives to defeat Gladstone.
To please him, Salisbury brought in the Ashbourne Land Act A It was the first full land purchase act.
£5 million was lent to farmers to ‘Killing Home Rule with kindness. 5th August Killing Home Rule with Kindness. The Conservative chief secretary of Ireland, Arthur Balfour, believed that reforms could settle unrest within Ireland and stop any further demands for Home Rule.
The informal policy of such liberal Unionists as Sir Horace Plunkett (–) in the post-Parnellite years. They hoped. Home Rulers mocked it as a policy of ‘killing Home Rule with kindness.
One person who influenced the Conservatives’ policy was Horace Plunkett, a unionist who founded the Irish Co-operative Movement. What was the background to the Conservative policy of ‘killing Home Rule with kindness’? What measures did they introduce to achieve their aims?
The Ashbourne Land Act A In , Parnell joined with the Conservatives to defeat Gladstone. To please him, Salisbury brought in the Ashbourne Land Act A It was the first full land purchase act.
£5 million was lent to farmers to ‘Killing Home Rule with kindness’.