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It was Christmas Day 2019 Residents of an old folks home were eagerly awaiting their Christmas dinner. Their anticipation turned to regret when they saw the plate set before them. Baked beans and mashed potato.

Here we are, 3 years later and I have to wonder how many older folk and, indeed, younger folk, would be happy to see such a feast placed before them?

Because, let's face it, things are pretty grim this year and not looking as if they will get any better. Maybe a cold can of baked beans and a candle are going to be the least of our worries. 

As the northern hemisphere descends into the dark ages with a generous serving of ice age on the side, I suspect that there will be many people who will be glad to clutch their can of beans and huddle in their blankets and ponder the joy of a " Green New Deal " festive season.

Perhaps this 2019 Christmas feast will look rather marvellous in comparison?

Redhead ( my Mum ) wrote, all those many moons ago:

Well folks I think we have seen it all.   This is a plate  which  folks in an Aged Care Home in South Australia had for Christmas Day dinner.       I imagine in their dreams they were back in time when it was a lovely roast of lamb , a tasty stuffed chicken, or even a delicious roast of beef.     Roast potatoes,  Yorkshire pudding , and some lovely green vegetables.      Followed by a beautifully decorated Pavlova.   Christmas crackers on the table , paper hats, and a glass or two of wine.

But wait a minute,   what happened,  they awoke to a nightmare.    Mashed potatoes and baked beans.    If they were lucky a biscuit and a cup of tea for the sweets. .      I bet the so called Carers weren't partaking of that  Christmas fare.
I must admit that I do not know the ins and outs of these Nursing Homes or Aged Care facilities but we are reading and being made aware that things are not all they are cracked up to be in a great many of them.   I have heard that some actually budget on $6.00 a day to feed them.     Prisoners in jail eat better and are treated with  much more consideration then these poor neglected old timers.   
These are people who brought us up , who are our Mothers and Fathers.  These are the people who made Australia what it is.    But somewhere along the line they have been forgotten and it is time we sorted out this  dreadful neglect.   There are supposed to have been Royal Commissions looking into this problem.   Nothing has been solved yet , is it ever going to be?   The dreadful neglect has been the subject of numerous articles and  still nothing is being done.    Come on you people that have  some  power,   get off your backsides and do something.  
We have read about some old people who have been stuck to their bed or a chair with bodily filth  because they haven't been looked after or moved or cared for  .   To the extent that part of the chair or bed has to have been cut away to take them to hospital.    These are  not  made up horror stories,  these are actual  facts!! 
The only thing I can say about that plate of baked beans and mashed potatoes is that the  hand that is holding the plate has a clean finger nail.      Perhaps if the local  Members of Parliament  who represent all of our different areas visited , unannounced , and took dinner with  these old timers they might know first hand what they  are expected to eat .  Notice I do not say enjoy .   
 Christmas dinner!    I feel so sorry for all the old folk who have had a nightmare like this served up to them and on  behalf of all ordinary   Australians  I  wish that it had not been the case.          I also hope there were a few places that  did their very best for the  folk in their care.      I also hope and pray that the year 2020 will bring a big change to  the welfare and treatment of   Men and Women  in all Aged Care Homes and  Nursing Homes.
Please,  Mr Prime Minister , Scott Morrison ,  put that on your list of urgent things to see to in 2020.  


Well, what has happened since then? 
Nothing. In fact, it has become worse.  Our older people have been locked up, injected against their will, deprived of the contact of loved ones, and treated like livestock heading off to the knackers yard.

 The Royal Commission was released in 2021.  The summary outlined the problems they found. Yet it has gotten worse. 

What is the point in spending millions of dollars on commissions of inquiry when the recommendations are not acted upon?  

Our elderly are still being treated appallingly and, while our politicians dine on the finest food, we, mere peasants are told to eat insects.


As Christmas 2022 approaches, I wonder if the plate of hot ( or tepid ) baked beans with a side order of mashed spuds will seem a luxury. 

Perhaps many of us can hope for is an unopened can of beans and, with luck, a can opener. Assuming, of course, that the arthritic and chilblained fingers can open the can.

The price of food has skyrocketed. The price of electricity is through the roof. 

Our society has broken down and is a shattered collection of shards. 

If we are to rebuild our once caring society, we must put the pieces back together and start with the protection of our young and elderly. 

But how can we do that when all we have are governments who are too busy flying around the world talking about climate change and global warming while we peasants freeze our arses off or bake or drown in the floods and droughts that have plagued Australia since time began?

How can we do it when our politicians and bureaucrats are so out of touch? 

Cop 27 menu

Oh, I know.. they will have another commission of inquiry and eat their steak while guzzling imported french wine and flying on their jets ... and tell us that it is all for our own good.

In the meantime, they will be buying shares in the baked bean industry and investing in can openers. 

Adding to their portfolio of renewables. Let's face it:

Human Life is not renewable so there is no money in it. Unless, of course, you are a " care " provider. Or a government.

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