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2.3 The Thatcher years and after
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In this surge of anti-government activity, however principled, the pre-1999 House of Lords was sowing the seeds of its own destruction. Although it had no power of veto over Bills and, in the final analysis, a determined government could usually force the Lords to give way over amendments, nevertheless, a refusal by the Lords to pass government legislation unamended was capable of causing severe disruption to the legislative programme, as well as more general embarrassment to the government.