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A ministry of all the troubles with few achievements to its credit Discuss this verdict of Gladstones second ministry 188-85 Gladstones second ministry involved three key areas Ireland Foreign Policy and Parliamentary Reform Each of these were met with varying degrees of success The fact that Ireland was becoming ungovernable and Disraelis rash behaviour overseas made this a troublesome time at which to take office In 1868 Gladstone had said my mission is to pacify Ireland and it was during this ministry that he strove the hardest to achieve this but how successful was he In 1879 the Irish Land League was formed who were very popular in Ireland with their call for the three Fs fair rent free sale and fixity of tenure In response to the League Gladstone introduced the Compensation to disturbance bill which offered compensation to unjustly evicted tenants It was however defeated by the Lords In spite of this the introduction of the bill showed Gladstones sympathy for the Irish and his intention to fulfil his mission The main difficulty with the Irish question was so hard to define As soon as Gladstone came close to finding the answer the Irish changed the question However bearing in mind that Home Rule was not achieved until 1893 and that for the majority of this ministry Gladstone still believed could pacify Ireland and was not a great proponent of Home Rule it is fair to say that in spite of his efforts Gladstone made no massive breakthroughs in this area Throughout the whole ministry the Land War between tenants and landlords raged and as proved by the 1880 bill any measures aimed at helping the tenants were thrown out in the Lords with the assistance of the Irish piers Furthermore Davitt leader of the Land League was
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