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Small businesses, reliant on state contracts for revenue and making their payrolls, have been left in the lurch, with no payments forthcoming from Sacramento.
The ex-wife of the heir to one of Britain's grandest titles said yesterday: "I'm broke - he's left me completely in the lurch.
In the lurch from the 1980s to the 1990s, I feel that pessimism is now prevailing a bit too much and should not be allowed to lead to yet another lurch into something else.