John sadly died.
His will provided $40,000 for an elaborate funeral.
As the last guests departed the affair, his wife Sharon turned to her oldest and dearest friend. ‘Well, I’m sure John would be pleased,’ she said.
‘I’m sure you’re right,’ replied Brenda, who lowered her voice and leaned in close. ‘How much did this really cost?’
‘All of it,’ said Sharon . ‘Forty thousand.’
‘No!’ Brenda exclaimed. ‘I mean, it was very nice, but $40,000?’
Sharon answered, ‘The funeral was $6,500. I donated $500 to church. The whiskey, wine and snacks were another $500. The rest went for the Memorial Stone.’
Brenda computed quickly. ‘$32,500 for a Memorial Stone?
How big actually is it then?’
The next election is one of the most important for a generation. After years of grossly irresponsible overspending and mismanagement from Labour, our economy is finally showing signs of improvement.
The road to recovery has been painful, but after taking some tough decisions, Britain is finally getting back on track. Voters are looking for serious policies and solutions to accelerate the recovery and provide stability for hardworking families.
This means electing a Prime Minister who will get on with the job of reducing the deficit and helping more people into work. A stronger economy will mean more stability and opportunity for everyone and, with this in mind, it must be a number one priority for the next government.
In 2007, Abbas lost the Gaza Strip to Hamas. Now he seems to be losing the Gaza Strip to his rivals in Fatah. Many of his former Fatah supporters have turned against him.
The last thing the Palestinians and the international community want is another Syria or Libya or Yemen in the Middle East.
This is not a fight about rebuilding Gaza, or reforms, democracy or building a better future for Palestinians. This is not a fight between good guys and bad guys. Rather, this is a fight between bad guys and bad guys — and it is all over money, ego and power.