Ceme­tery work caused dis­tress

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I VIS­ITED my mother’s grave at Brook­lands Ceme­tery re­cently with some flow­ers for Mother’s Day, only to find that all the plants and rose bushes I had so lov­ingly planted in her mem­ory had been dug up and com­pletely re­moved.

This, as I am sure many read­ers can imag­ine, was a com­plete shock, and I was hor­ri­fied that such a thing could be done with­out any warn­ing or con­sid­er­a­tion for the fam­ily’s feel­ings.

I had no com­mu­ni­ca­tion or no­tice of what Traf­ford Coun­cil grounds­men in­tended to do.

Surely this should not have been done with­out prior no­tice (my name and ad­dress will be in Traf­ford Coun­cil’s records when I pur­chased the plot in 2006 and this hasn’t changed).

I am ex­tremely up­set and an­gry about this and feel that the very least Sale Ceme­tery ground staff could have done was to of­fer me the op­por­tu­nity of tak­ing the many plants and rose bushes home with me.

This is not the way to treat griev­ing peo­ple, whose only so­lace is to visit the graves of loved ones and qui­etly re­mem­ber them. It is an ab­so­lute dis­grace that peo­ple should be treated in this way, lack­ing any com­pas­sion what­so­ever.


THE real rea­son Ge­orge Os­borne wants to hand Greater Manch­ester its en­tire Health and So­cial care bud­get – cur­rently worth £6bn – is be­cause the NHS is in cri­sis, with over­stretched and un­der­funded ser­vices, caused by David Cameron’s poli­cies.

Four years ago his Mr Cameron and his health sec­re­tary de­cided to re-or­gan­ise the NHS at a cost of £3bn say­ing we would have a much bet­ter, safe and se­cure health ser­vice – this did not hap­pen.

I am sure the ded­i­cated peo­ple who work in the NHS for Greater Manch­ester will use the fund­ing, and will do their best to de­liver the best pos­si­ble health­care.

How­ever, when tar­gets are not met, and things start to go wrong, Mr Cameron and Mr Os­borne will blame Greater Manch­ester for th­ese fail­ings, di­vert­ing any re­spon­si­bil­ity from them­selves.

The chan­cel­lor has made this an­nounce­ment to give this £6bn fund­ing con­trol to Greater Manch­ester to di­vert crit­i­cism away from the dis­grace­ful run­ning of the NHS by his party be­fore the gen­eral elec­tion.


IN re­sponse to Kate Green’s opin­ion about the econ­omy.

I sup­pose young peo­ple won’t ben­e­fit from the 10,000+ jobs be­ing cre­ated ev­ery week from the near­record lev­els of in­vest­ment in Bri­tain by for­eign in­vestors; by the re­duc­ing tax bur­dens; by the resur­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor; by the al­most zero in­fla­tion rate; by the fall­ing na­tional deficit that Labour’s bor­row­ing helped foist upon us.

Or from the feel- good fac­tor that is mak­ing our econ­omy the best and most com­pet­i­tive in the west­ern world as we speak?

No, it would be much more sen­si­ble, ac­cord­ing to Labour, to tax the living day­lights out of ev­ery suc­cess­ful busi­ness, thereby stunt­ing eco­nomic growth; to tax hard work­ers un­til the pips squeak; and to crip­ple any com­pany, through tax­a­tion, that might be able to ex­pand, thereby re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of new jobs be­ing cre­ated.

Labour have no other tac­tic than higher tax­a­tion and bor­row­ing, both of which are the last thing this na­tion needs at the mo­ment.

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