Thursday, May 14, 2015

Demonstration against Tory in the UK

There was demonstration happened in some places against the victory of Conservative Party.

These activities were performed in London and Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Hundreds of people seemed to join, although the marchers claimed that several thousands of people were involved. In London, some protesters were arrested for throwing green smoke bombs and injuring police officers. The activity in Cardiff seemed calmer.

The Guardian: Anti-austerity protesters take to UK streets after Tory election victory

The ruling Conservative Party, so-called Tory, has kept the policy of strict austerity. It is a usual attitude for politicians with conservative ideology, as same as Republicans in the US and Liberal Democratic Party in Japan. In contrast, Labours are keen to widening social welfare among whole citizens. It inevitably leads to expansion of the expenditure.

Looking at some financial indicators, it seems that the UK has been well dealing with fiscal issues. The policy of ruling Conservatives is right in that sense.

On the other hand, I often feel uncomfortable with the UK systems as a foreign resident. The other day, the Council sent me inappropriate bills. In spite of my frequent appeals, it took a month to accept the error. IT government was no use to explain the matter in detail, and the officials never replied to my telephone calls. If I had not noticed the mistake of the bill, I would have had to pay more than 1,000 GBP.

I have heard similar episodes from my colleagues. They admitted that the government was eager to imposing the tax as much as possible. It is the same also in Japan, but Japanese authorities seldom make an error in such a case.

The IT systems in the NHS hospitals were aged, and frequently stop. More miserably, the number of prisoners committed suicide is increasing in recent years in accordance with the reduction of prison officials due to austerity.

My past entry: Concern about NHS investment in IT service

Social resources are limited in every society. We have to decide how they are distributed.

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