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No10 refuse to say if Boris Johnson agrees with controversial new aide on eugenics

No10 refuse to say if Boris Johnson agrees with controversial new aide on eugenics
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The Prime Minister has refused to condemn the views on eugenics of his controversial new adviser.


There have been calls to sack Andrew Sabisky after he once called for contraception programmes to be expanded to stop the creation of a "permanent underclass".

He has also advocated for children to be given mind-altering drugs - even if it results in "a dead kid once a year".

The 27-year-old researcher, who reportedly describes himself as a "super forecaster", has been brought in to work as a contractor on Downing Street projects.

On Sunday, it was reported that Mr Sabisky had previously claimed black people were intellectually inferior to white people.

In a blog post, he wrote: "If the mean black American IQ is (best estimate based on a century's worth of data) around 85, as compared to a mean white American IQ of 100, then if IQ is normally distributed, you will see a far greater percentage of blacks than whites in the range of IQs 75 or below, at which point we are close to the typical boundary for mild mental retardation."

When asked if Boris Johnson agrees with Mr Sabisky’s comments a spokesperson simply said his views are “well-publicised and well-documented”.

Asked to condemn the comments, the spokesperson repeated to reporters that: “The Prime Minister’s views on a range of subjects are well-publicised and well-documented.”

It is believed the PM is not personally in favour of eugenics, but a refusal to publicly come out and disavow Mr Sabisky’s words is sure to draw further anger.

Labour have called on him to be “removed from this position immediately”, while a number of special advisers are reported to have said they and their Cabinet ministers will refuse to work with him.

Labour party chairman Ian Lavery said: "It is disgusting that not only has Number 10 failed to condemn Andrew Sabisky's appalling comments, but also seems to have endorsed the idea that white people are more intelligent than black people.

"Boris Johnson should have the backbone to make a statement in his own words on why he has made this appointment, whether he stands by it, and his own views on the subject of eugenics.”

But Number 10 refused to even say if he was working there, a spokesperson saying: “We are not going to be commenting on individual appointments.”

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