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Drugs and prostitution add
£10bn a year to UK economy

Telegraph [UK], by Camilla Turner

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Posted By:Ribicon, 5/30/2014 10:57:21 PM

Prostitution and illegal drugs are contributing around £10bn a year to the British economy, according to official data. More than half of that - £5.3bn - is attributable to prostitution, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Thursday, while illegal drugs are worth £4.4bn. (Snip) Other illegal activities, such a the smuggling of alcohol and tobacco, are already included in GDP and make up some £300m. The inclusion of illegal drugs and prostitution is part of radical changes being made to European Union regulations on calculating GDP. Illegal drugs and prostitution are worth 0.7pc of GDP, which is roughly

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Large-scale socialism not panning out to be the promised bed of roses? Economy worse than ever? Simple government fix: invent some numbers to paper over the truth, never mind the evidence from your own lying eyes, the world economy´s never been in better shape.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ktwo, 5/30/2014 11:30:50 PM     (No. 9867929)

Pedophilia and bestiality should be be tourist draws. Legalize them.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 5/31/2014 12:45:23 AM     (No. 9867968)

What do you want to bet that the costs far outweigh any bump to their GDP?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Safari Man, 5/31/2014 4:30:59 AM     (No. 9868009)

The only remaining truly free markets are the black markets.


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