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Did Peels statesmanship prevent him from being a good politician Sir Robert Peel was not the archetypal Tory landowner but rather the first middle-class man to make any impact in politics and so heralded in a new meritocracy with the wholly elected House of Commons more influential than the Lords or the King and organised into tight political parties with defined policies and objectives This did not happen overnight of course nor was Peel perfect or consistent during his career So it is that certain questions about Peel have emerged not least of which is whether Peel held more dearly to his personal party interests or to those of the Country at large for while it is difficult to argue that he never followed policies that were harmful to many traditional Tory supporters and led to resentment among his back benches - he broke the party twice in 1829 and in 1846 - yet it was he who created the system of strict party allegiances and so is hailed as the founder of party politics in Britain Peels lineage was one of self-made men his grand-father a yeoman farmer his father a mill-owner Having been brought up with middle-class values and bought a parliamentary seat Cashall in Ireland in 1809 by his ambitious father and by keeping his thick Lancashire accent he stood out from the midst of the wealthy land-owners that made up the large majority of MPs Perhaps part of the resentment that was felt towards him by his own back benches was due to this the middle classes and the nouveaux riches were the great enemies of the land-owning upper class since these industrialists were grabbing the influence and prestige that had always been the aristocracys and gentlemen farmers Peel however found that it was the Tory party and not the outwardly more liberal Whigs in whose ranks he would have been less conspicuous which he was drawn
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