"...only one issue -the war- was put before the public. Unionist sloganeering had convinced the electorate that, with British troops still in the field, only an experienced government could be trusted to carry through its policy and win peace.
(The Conservatives') theme became "A vote for the Liberals is a vote for the Boers!" The charge was shouted from platforms, proclaimed by billboards and placards. Posters depicted prominent liberals kneeling in tribute to President Kruger (the leader of the Boers,) helping him to haul down the Union Jack, even urging him to shoot British soldiers."
Boy, nothing changes, does it? Lies and smears, and hollow patriotism, manipulating the memory of the nation's soldiers and deliberate spreading of terror of national defeat, have always been the tools of Conservatives. They inevitably resort to this kind of evil behavior to get their way, as we can see so clearly in this country over the last couple of decades.
Needless to say, this kind of mindless, infantile belligerence from both Germany and England was essential to create the conditions for the slaughter of tens of millions in World War I, and conservatives on both sides of the channel were happy to oblige.