Westminster celebrates Lloyd George's birthday


The politician, known as the Welsh wizard, rose from humble origins on the Llyn Peninsula to introduce the pension and lead Britain through World War I

David Lloyd George, Britain's only Welsh prime minister, was born 150 years ago today.

He is also the last Liberal prime minister, and Welsh Liberal Democrats at Westminster were determined not to pass up the opportunity to celebrate. At the last count, five separate events are being held at venues ranging from the Lloyd George statue in Parliament Square to the National Liberal Club.

At the statue, the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the Commons speaker, led a short service. The Gwalia Male Voice Choir led the "congregation" in Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau as relatives and admirers laid daffodils at the statue.

Among them, Lloyd George's grandson, Viscount Tenby, and Lady Bonham-Carter, great-granddaughter of LG's great Liberal rival Herbert Henry Asquith. "Reconciliation at last," said Lord Roberts of Llandudno, who organised some of today's celebrations.

Viscount Tenby, a teenager when Lloyd George died in 1945, remembered his grandfather as "fun" with a real interest in people matched by few politicians.

Lloyd George's biographer, (Lord) Kenneth O. Morgan praised his role in introducing social benefits.

But what would the Welsh Wizard/Goat - who led a coalition government - have made of today's Liberals in government with the Conservatives at Westminster?

Lord Morgan suggested he wouldn't have had a problem with coalition but he wouldn't have approved of some of the government's welfare policies.

David Cornock Article written by David Cornock David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

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    Comment number 62.

    Note the figures for Christmas Breath Tests: 35,000 tests : 500 positives. So, one positive for every 70 cars stopped. In theory, random stops are illegal. Given that some of the positives are going to be drunks hitting lamp-posts, and despite blood tests at all RTAs, this does suggest a lot of random tests.
    So, legalise it or stop it. The police should not make up the law.

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    Comment number 61.

    Would David Lloyd George have stood for the latest OAP pension scam?

    No doubt you have seen the new £144 (actually£155) pension for all scheme.being introduced in April 2017

    What is NOT being shouted from the rooftops is that no-one already an OAP or anyone becoming an OAP before April 2017 gets that amount

    No, they get £107

    David, your comments on this really would be much appreciated. .

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    Comment number 60.

    ... Boxer, the following is from a submission sent to the WLC 24 May 2012 ..

    ".. I would dearly love to apply for a job ... Sadly, as an English speaker, I am excluded from applying for this post as only bilingual candidates may apply. This feels like state sponsored discrimination to me .. "

    This is exclusion through positive discrimination ...

    Is a Commissioner for English needed ?

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    Comment number 59.

    #56 'Can the offices of Meri Huws, the Welsh Language Commissioner, be subjected to the same scrutiny.'
    What worries me is that I don't want to scrutinise the work of the Commisar. Her views are sufficiently strident. I want to know what is her constitutional position: she obviously thinks it is to tell WAG what to do. If she is a pressure group - fine. If she is to set policy - not so good.

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    Comment number 58.

    #53 'Boxer didn't hear you complain about people getting jobs because they were masons '
    Bit of a smear. You don't hear me complain about FGM in Somalia. Don't mean that I approve !
    FTR I dislike discrimination: be it Old Etonians, Welsh speakers, public schoolboys, lesbians, born-again Christians, free masons, Old Labour appointing old buddies, medics who went to the 'right' teaching hospitals


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