From today's Independent Amnesty on illegal immigrants is 'worth £6bn to UK'
This is exactly the same argument that the music business uses about downloads, it assumes that ever download is a lost sale, it ain't.
By giving the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in Britain a promise that they will not be deported, at least £1bn a year would be raised in taxes, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has calculated.
Three words. No. It. Isn't. These guys assume that every untaxed near-slave worker is lost revenue, it aint. its a massive SWEAT SUBSIDY from the poor to the rich.
As soon as you give them an amnesty and start trying to collect taxes, the cost of their services goes up by £6Bn because these people are working for pay that is FAR below what is acceptable to any legit business in Britain. What on earth would they use for money to pay the taxes?
The only way not to drive the cost out through the roof is to retain them as illegal, non-tax-paying workers. That way the exploitation never has to be dealt with in the light of day. Just as the economy is massively dependent on cheap, plentiful oil, so it is on essentially slave labour.
Its morally hideous and utterly necessary to the present economy. Successfully take it away and you don't collect more taxes, you break the economy itself, and the cost of that makes the so-called lost £6Bn a pittance.
For some reason, the next paragraph gets it absolutely right
The left-leaning think-tank, which has the ear of Downing Street, also warns that government plans to tighten restrictions on bona fide migrants could have the perverse effect of driving more "illegals" underground.
Because the increased marginal value to the immigrant of going underground outweighs the financial, social and opportunity costs of trying to work legally. The state has reached the law of diminishing economic returns. Right now, nothing they do to try and "fix" this problem will make it any better.
Like global warming and peak oil, its actually an ethical problem that will require a societal shift to a less exploitative, vastly more physically constrained human condition. And, given that we live in such complex systems, none of us has even the remotest idea how to get there without breaking what we have first.