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The exact scale of Northern Rock's problems will be influential in determining its future, with potential suitors - whether private equity or otherwise - given pause for thought if its debt is indeed as large as reported.
I WAS given pause for thought over the weekend about my habit of going into town to buy a sandwich and coffee at lunchtime.
Conspiring MPs, returning to Westminster next week, will also be given pause for thought by a poll suggesting an - albeit narrow - majority of Tory memb ers want to hang on to their leader.