Saturday, 24 July 2010

BOGOF* (Bury One, Get One Free)

The Daily Telegraph (print edition) reports that a council-run graveyard is selling Muslim burial plots more than £500 cheaper than those for non-Muslims, to the anger of local residents.

One priest, who did not wish to be named, spoke out after members of his congreation raised concerns over the 'discriminatory price' of burial plots in the Greenlawns Memorial Park cemetry in Warlingham, Surrey. Managed by Croydon council, it offers Muslims a plot for £2,383 but charges non-Muslims £2,927. A spokesman for Croydon council is reported to have said that the reason for the difference was that Muslims allow only one person to be buried in a grave, while people of other religions can use it for 'more than one person'.

Maybe, just maybe, Jo Moore was a 'woman before her time' with her 'its a good day to bury bad news' email!


* For my American readers - if they don't already know - the definition of 'BOGOF'

2 comments:

JuliaM said...

"A spokesman for Croydon council is reported to have said that the reason for the difference was that Muslims allow only one person to be buried in a grave, while people of other religions can use it for 'more than one person'."

Are they the same people I see whinging about how burial takes up too much land compared to cremation, I wonder?

In which case, since the muslims aren't being sufficiently 'green', they should be charged more, not less.

The Boiling Frog said...

Surely a breach of the Equality Act?