An eye-catching headline in the Express on 8 July fell into the latter category:
EU’s plan to liquify corpses and pour them down the drain.
The following day, the paper printed a letter from Ann Masters, one of the Express' regular correspondents, who reacted exactly as they hoped:
I felt sick to my stomach when reading the article "EU's plan to liquefy corpses and pour them down the drain" (July 8).
If this abhorrent act is to become law under EU ruling I hope David Cameron will be strong enough to say this would never be allowed in our country.
The thought of a loved one's body being poured down the drain fills me with horror. Having my mother cremated when I was just 15 was bad enough and very hard to bear but this is too repugnant to contemplate.
Where would be the dignity in such an awful way of saying goodbye to someone you love? This of course is all about reducing the amount of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere.
It really does beggar belief.
Ann Masters, Barton-on-Sea, Hants
Indeed it does.
Because when the Express said 'EU's plan' what they actually meant was 'Belgium's Flemish Association of Undertakers' plan'. It's easy to confuse the two.
The EU Representative to the UK pointed out:
Whatever Belgian undertakers decide regarding funeral arrangements is a matter for the Belgian authorities. Just like it’s a matter for the UK authorities in this country.
The EU has no competence in this matter and to suggest otherwise is wide of the mark.
The Express has since removed the article from its website.