Posted Under: Economy,Identity,London,Minorities,Protest,Racism/Fascism,The Welfare State
A minor coup this week, in a world were power is money and money is time and time is quickly running out.
Are you trying to run a national campaign on a shoestring? Looking to change the minds of just about ever single person in Houses of Parliament, including the catering staff? And do you need to get all this done by Monday afternoon, at the very, very latest? Then look no further, my friend. I think I’ve got the answer for you.
TFL, it transpires, will actually allow pretty much any old Tom, Dick or Harry to – for a modest fee – plaster their message across ticket barriers at any London Underground station you care to specify.
“Which station would you like to advertise at, sir?”
And so, for the rock bottom price of just about £1,000 for the month running up to next Monday’s demo, just about every stubbornly racist MP – whose butt cheeks clench and 2nd home payments scream any time they so much as think of looking at the immigration debate rationally – are now forced to read our message first thing in the morning and last thing every night. (Even if they do then proceed to ignore it for ever hour inbetween.)
A recent study for the Mayor’s Office, conducted by the LSE, estimates that there are currently over half a million people living in the UK illegally – ‘irregular migrants’, without passports or a right to remain. These people create problems. They help create a huge black market in illegal working practices into which they then descend, undercutting legal workers in the process. They pay no income tax, no national insurance tax, nor any other financial contribution to society at large. And young children caught up in this mess undoubtedly suffer the most, be it from irregular schooling, poor living conditions and not even the vaguest semblance of precious stability.
So far, so Daily Mail.
But here’s the crux. I actually totally agree with the Daily Mail on about 99.9% of its analysis of the problem. And yes it is a “problem”. But no, ‘send them back’ is not the gloriously simple answer these gloriously simple people seem to think it is.
Forget the arguments from morality, of which there are very many. The average cost of deportation from the UK for an illegal foreign national is £12,500 according to the Office for National Statistics (or £14,000 if you believe the Lib Dems. But nobody does. Hence their being in opposition.) Thus, to ‘send back’ every one of ‘these people’ would cost a total of £6,250,000,000. That’s a ridiculous amount of money! We could have another war somewhere out of that! Instead… how about we naturalise these people. Those who have lived here for over five years and have made the UK their home from the shadows have fought longer and harder and dirtier hours for this privilege than any of us ever have had to. The cost of this idea? An approximate £1 billion net gain to Treasury according to IPPR.
MONDAY 4th MAY
12 NOON – TRAFALGAR SQUARE
‘STRANGERS INTO CITIZENS’
I invite you all to be there.
Note: further information available at www.strangersintocitizens.org.uk If anyone would like to help steward the event in return for free access to the after party and a drink from yours truly please email: firstname.lastname@example.org