The Liberal Ascendancy
What gave colour and form to politics in this period and enhanced its Welsh national characteristics, was the overwhelming ascendancy of the Liberal Party. It was more pronounced in Wales than in any other part of the British Isles. Wales became, and was to remain for a hundred years, a unique stronghold of the British left. It was in the late-19th century that the roots lay. The greater prominence of Wales in British politics owed much to a more intelligent understanding on the part of Britain politicians, from Gladstone downwards. The main reason for the success of the Welsh causes lay in the vitality and strength of its Liberal core, and in the extraordinarily able leaders that it threw up. Stuart Rendel, an Englishman of course, led the way in making the Welsh Parliamentary Party tactically effective.
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