"Peel's major achievements in domestic affairs were in social rather than economic policy"

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Achievement: a successful completion.

Related words: attainment, accomplishment, success.

Therefore, for any of Peels actions to be called 'achievements', they must at least be linked to the above. However, Peel could achieve in two ways. One by achieving in that particular domestic affaire, for example, The Mines Act of 1842, for it to be an achievement it has to have improved things. The other way for him to achieve would be in terms of his party and keeping them happy. The Mines Act must please them. In order to do this, he must act in a traditional conservative / Tory manner. This meant favoring the preservation of established customs, opposing innovation, tending to be moderate and cautious in his acts. By acting in this way, his party would view him as a success and view his actions as 'achievements'. Is it possible for his actions to be achievements in both senses?

Many of peels actions were made to have eventual effects on the people of Britain.

Although Peel may not have been a good party leader, he did what he thought was best for his country - but are his actions worthy enough to be called achievements in terms of conservatism and/or for the country? If they are, were they in social or economic policy?

The Mines Act of 1842 was one of Peel's actions whilst in power. This act prohibited the employment of women, girls and boys less than ten years old underground. This is an obvious social reform but was it an 'achievement'? From within his party, there were actually a few grumblings but nothing too serious. Overall, the party was happy and so it could be considered an achievement for them. In terms of whether it was an achievement for his country is rather controversial. It...