chapter  23
TWO CONSTITUTIONAL CRISES: 1906–14 23.1 INTRODUCTION
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Constitutionally speaking, the 20th century could be said to begin in January 1906, on the election of a Liberal Government with what became an ambitiously progressive agenda. A number of developments which had occurred by evolution in the last decades of the previous century then came together, to produce a fullblown crisis over the relationship between Lords and Commons, and a second prompted by the government’s attempt to establish Home Rule in Ireland.