The Good, The Bad and The Badante

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You should be wondering what a badante is…..

Would you let your daughter sit on a badante’s knee ?

Would you leave one alone with your elderly parents ? ?

The answer is yes, yes and yes

In La Dolce Vita the Italians aren’t embarrassed by the old folk

They don’t believe in abandoning them in soulless ‘old people’s

homes’…..

…..essentially death’s waiting rooms

And where these homes exist they are typically situated in the

centre of towns

And not in some out-of-town, out-of-the way corner where we

can’t see them

Old folk (and we all get old eventually) are always a part of

the family in Italy…..

…..and families prefer to remain together

This is where the badante comes in…..

The badante is the person (male or female) that you see all over

Italy walking arm in arm with an old person or pushing them along

in a wheelchair

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The Good, The Bad and The Badante

You should be wondering what a badante is…..

Would you let your daughter sit on a badante’s knee ?

Would you leave one alone with your elderly parents ? ?

The answer is yes, yes and yes

In La Dolce Vita the Italians aren’t embarrassed by the old folk

They don’t believe in abandoning them in soulless ‘old people’s

homes’…..

…..essentially death’s waiting rooms

And where these homes exist they are typically situated in the

centre of towns

And not in some out-of-town, out-of-the way corner where we

can’t see them

Old folk (and we all get old eventually) are always a part of

the family in Italy…..

…..and families prefer to remain together

This is where the badante comes in…..

The badante is the person (male or female) that you see all over

Italy walking arm in arm with an old person or pushing them along

in a wheelchair

The badante is a live-in carer

The badante is also a foreigner working to get his / her residence

papers so that they have health and social security benefits

The badante has everything to play for and everything to lose…..

…..so, Yes

Your old folk and your daughters are going to be safe

For a little spending money, a roof over their heads, great food,

a bit of time off and the opportunity to go ‘legit’ in the land

of ‘milk and honeys’ these foreigners have become the silent

army that helps keep Italy a kind of paradise on Earth

Meanwhile, gramps (nonno in Italian) and granny (nonna in

Italian) can continue to live at home…..

…..plus they have someone to look after their needs…..

…..cooking

…..companionship

…..driver

…..etc etc

The Italian State even recognises the importance of this job and

pays £700 – £800 a month towards the cost

In this simple way everyone’s a winner

1.The nonni (plural for grandparents) are happy, at home and still

a part of Italian life

2.The Italian State doesn’t have to fund millions of expensive care

homes

3.The foreigners are providing a valuable service and eventually

become tax payers and full members of society

Now I know that God was an Englishman (E.M Delafield) …..

I know that Einstein was a German…..

I know that the Americans put a man on the moon (apparently !)…..

I know that Errol Flynn was ‘part human, part donkey’…..

But the Italians have managed to work out how to look after their

elders, to control illegal immigration and to avoid busting the

Italian exchequer

Way to go, boys !

I know where I want to grow old and irascible ! ! ! ! !

G.

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The ‘Morte per Gentilezza’ edition

The rough translation of this is…..

‘Death through Kindness’

The Italians have big hearts: Simple fact of life !

This tradition goes back centuries and its most

interesting manifestation was in the ‘scuole’ of the

Renaissance period

In essence, they provided a wide variety of services

based loosely on the premise that good deeds in this

life might fast track the deceased to a heavenly

retirement

Examples of this are such as:

Food for the poor

Funerals for those without means for a good send-off

Management of hospitals for the poor poorly !

Etc

Basically, what the State provides today in first world

countries

Fast forward to today and the 21st century ‘Dolce Vita’

The Italians have 7600 kilometres of coastline ! ! !

With that much sea frontage the Italians have proved to

be master fishermen

Though nowadays they are as likely to be pulling an economic

migrant / refugee out of the water as a tuna !

These desperate folk have usually paid a king’s ransom for

a one-way ticket to a people trafficker

Simply translated this is the old ‘shit or bust’ philosophy

There are no return tickets available for sale !

So having pitched up in the land of milk and honeys (Sophia

Loren et al) the usual form is to apply for the right to stay

RESIDENCY !

LA RESIDENZA !

Applicants are informed by post that their application has been

successful…..

…..or not !

Those unsuccessful for reasons unearthed during the discovery

process like say…..

…..murder convictions in the country of origin

…..sexual crimes

…..criminal activity

…..etc etc etc

…..are simply asked to leave the country and (presumably)

return from whence they came

Errrrrr…..

HELLO…..

…..they have no money !

…..there are no ‘reverse people-traffikers’

…..they are probably ‘wanted’ back home

So they just stay…..

…..there are no deportation procedures here ! ! ! ! !

So with no papers, no right of abode and no legitimacy

…..no right to work (IF ANY WORK EXISTED !)

The path to criminality is fairly short

The women can easily resort to prostitution to make a

living…..

…..and where would the prostitutes be without a pimp

So quite by magic, the men find work !

To be fair to the Italians they try really hard to be

kind and to help these foreigners integrate…..

…..my cousins volunteer their time to teach them the

lingo

But the end result is cultural dilution rather than

cultural diversity

The Italians have a wonderful culture and a belief system

that is centred on the family, the church, food, wine,

football and sex

Long may it live but it is fast becoming a critically

endangered species ! ! !

Pace,
The G-man

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