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Explain devolution with reference to the 'Lib lab' pact
When was this

In 1977 labour was losing their majority in the House of Commons

Callaghan responded by strengthening the government through the 'Lib lab' pact - which enabled him to defeat the vote of no confidence put forward by the conservatives

The agreement was that, should 12 liberals vote labour in the vote of no confidence, then labour would give devolution to Wales and Scotland

However, Wales and Scotland actually getting devolution was made very unlikely because at least 40% of the electorate needed to approve before it was passed


What is meant by devolution?

The transfer of power to lower levels of government


What is meant by a vote of no confidence?

A vote on whether the government is considered able to continue governing; if it is lost then the government must call for general election


Who were the IMF?
Why was Callaghan criticised for applying for a £3 billion loan?

International Monetary Fund - set up in the aftermath of WW2 to promote economic stability and growth across the world

Callaghan was criticised by conservatives who labelled it a national humiliation and by labour MPs who saw it a betrayal - caving in to international financiers


What was key to Wilson's economic planning?

What was the problem?

Modernisation - Wilson wanted to catch up with more advanced economies such as west Germany and Japan as the affluence of the post war period was not reflected in growth and productivity rates - the economy was trapped by the 'stop go' cycle


What problem did labour immediately have when they came to power in 1964?

There was a balance of payment crisis as the deficit was £400 million


What were the two potential solutions to economic decline?

Why were neither of these favoured by Wilson and Callaghan?

Deflation and devaluation

Deflation - this was the old solution to 'stop go' cycle which Wilson was desperate to escape

Devaluation - Wilson said himself he wanted to prove labour were 'not a party of devaluation'


What was the DEA?
Who led it?
Why did this cause problems?

Department of Economic Affairs

Led by George Brown
- this appointment was problematic because brown has a drinking problem which made him inconsistent and impulsive

- the creation of the DEA undermines orthodox advisory bodies such as the chancellor of the exchequer and economists at the treasury


What happened to as a result of the unpopularity of the DEA?

It was dissolved and George Brown was moved to foreign affairs


What was introduced in 1966?
Was it successful?

Prices and incomes policy introduced to combat inflation
- however there was another sterlings crisis in 1966 partly due to the national strike by the union of seamen


Despite Wilson trying to avoid the policy, when the pound was eventually devalued how much did it decrease by?

Dropped by 14%


Comment on Roy Jenkins role during this time

He replaced James Callaghan as chancellor of the exchequer and found found some success in his new position

He raised taxes and tightened government spending in all areas

In 1969 Jenkins has achieved a balance of payments surplus - this economic recovery was a major role in labour victory in the 1970 general election


Why was there a general election in 1979?

Callaghan lost the vote of no confidence and was forced to call a general election


Explain Rhodesia

Southern Rhodesia had wanted independence but Wilson made it clear this was not possible until majority rule replaced white power holding political domination

Wilson met with Ian smith who made promises to end political apartheid, however when smith returned home he reverted this promise

Wilson was humiliated and no resolution was found