- specifically, because they hadn't yet made the political decision to stop asking for it.
And the 'ostensible' isn't doing anything much in the other sentence, except* to suggest that the writer expects to government sometimes to say something other than what it really wants. What it says it wants is its ostensible wish.
PS * I suspect that it may also carry the implication 'Look at me mum, using grown-up words!'
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