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The core of it was, the business managers were clear, we couldn't carry anything through Parliament, and at the time, I think we had a majority of -- I think our majority had fallen to single figures by then. So we were talking of a majority of nine and arguably the most contentious piece of legislation that anyone would have seen for quite a long time. So the business managers were robust in their view that we couldn't carry the legislation and that actually, at the end of the day in Parliament, is the end of the argument. It may not win the moral argument, it doesn't, but it's a very practical argument. If you can't do it -- if you don't have the votes, you can't do it.

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