Do we have a problem Alan?

Well Alan(s) what do you think?

Do you have a problem,me, something which can be managed and made better?

Will this go away?

What do you reckon?

What is the best course of action?

Should we do nothing or should we do someting?

Perhaps you need to speak with Tom and John before this gets completely and utterly out of control?

Just a passing thought, you understand.

Alan to Alan(s), so to speak.