Did you know that Capita now run the cemetaries in the London Borough of Barnet. The Barnet Eye has received a report that a representative from Capita, whilst briefing officials from the London Borough of Barnet commented that these cemetaries offered a huge commercial opportunity, because they had a "captive market". Apparently this statement was met with much amusement in certain circles.
This "market" includes my Dad, my mum, my grandparents, my godmother and my best friend. The grave next to my Dad's has been lovingly tended for the last twenty years by the mum of a baby who died aged 8 months. Every week she puts fresh flowers on it. There are pictures of a gorgeous looking baby, always kept clean and tidy. I have occasionally spoken to her and am always moved by her love and commitment to her child. When I told her about my Dad, she commented that she was pleased her baby was buried next to such a nice man. She said it made her feel a little happier.
This story is repeated all over the cemetary and all over the other cemetaries in Barnet. This is the "captive market" to be tapped up for more cash. Capita say they want to "improve the experience" for visitors to teh cemetaries with a cafe and by exploiting other commercial opportunities.
Am I alone in wanting to throw up when I hear this?