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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Are they digging their own graves?

Almost daily now we get a new announcement about the latest cuts and savings to be made by local authorities in Cumbria.

Rural bus services here, CCTV camera monitoring there, children’s services here, sampling swimming pool water, locking up play areas at night, checking the equipment is safe... even the number of flowers in the displays are being cut back!

You never know, the Swedish minimalist Wallander-style approach of just one daffodil in a flowerbed might just start a new trend and win us a Britain In Bloom award or two.

It seems that no aspect of our daily lives is unaffected by the drive to cut and save.

You can’t escape them, even in death.

Carlisle City Council has just announced it will no longer staff funerals.

And the authority will no longer sell the biodegradable coffins that they pioneered years ago so the eco-minded in spirit as well as body could use them for woodland burials.

So there you go... death, taxes and council cuts, you can’t escape ‘em.

Next plan will see us all being issued with shovels so we can dig our own holes as well.

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