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Disraelis was a Ministry that did not live up to its promises and reputation Discuss To establish whether this statement is true the promises and reputation of Disraeli must first be identified In his speeches in 1872 at Crystal Palace and in Manchesters Free Trade Hall Disraeli once again showed his skills as an orator He laid out three basic aims or policies that he wanted to pursue should he get in power These were to conserve the institutions in Britain uphold British interests abroad and to improve the standard of life for the general population and especially the working classes Disraeli had also created a reputation for himself with the 1867 Reform Act He had successfully destroyed the liberal party and due to the nature of the act extending the franchise by a considerable number had acquired a reputation for being more open minded about matters of reform even though the act was mainly passed through necessity because the act would be passed and it was just a question about which party would do it He had also tried successfully to establish the Conservative Party as the nationalistic party in the government the one that would uphold British interest abroad and repair the damage that he claimed that Gladstone was causing The Alabama arbitration and the dealings that Gladstone had with Russia over the situation in the Black Sea were perfect opportunities for Disraeli to show how Gladstone was destroying Britains Empire by his weakness in his dealings with other major powers This meant that when Disraeli cam into power he had to act upon his criticisms of Gladstone as he had condemned the way that Gladstone had put his faith so strongly in arbitration rather than in action and the way that Gladstone was more concerned about the way that the negotiations were carried out rather than the end result The only way that Disraeli could fulfil his promises about the
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