Downing Street refused to condemn a new government adviser who suggested that black Americans have a lower average IQ than American whites and labeled public protests against female genital mutilation a “moral panic”.
Andrew Sabisky also said that “women’s sport is more comparable to Paralympics than men” and reportedly legally supported the application of contraception to stop unplanned pregnancies “by creating a permanent subclass”.
Boris Johnson is increasingly under pressure to fire Sabisky, 27, who was apparently drafted into number 10 after Prime Minister Dominic Cummings’ chief adviser asked for “misfits and weird” to ask the government for advice.
But Downing Street has repeatedly refused to condemn the comments this morning.
The Prime Minister’s deputy official spokesman said: “I will not comment on individual appointments.”
When asked if Johnson condemned the comments, the deputy spokesman said: “The Prime Minister’s views are well publicized and documented.”
Andrew Sabisky, a researcher who calls himself a “super forecaster”, has been criticized for earlier remarks after being appointed government adviser
Boris Johnson, pictured during a meeting of the Cabinet on Friday, is now under increasing pressure to fire Sabisky
Writing on the Cummings website in 2014, Sabisky said: “One way to get around the problems of unplanned pregnancies by creating a permanent subclass would be to legally impose universal long-term contraception intake at the beginning of puberty.
“I would say vaccination laws set a precedent.”
In another post circulating on social media, Sabisky said that blacks had a lower IQ than whites.
In the article, titled “Disability by Race,” he reported: “If the average black American IQ is (the best estimate based on data worth a century) around 85, compared to an average white American IQ of 100, then if IQ is normally distributed, you will see a much higher percentage of blacks than whites in the IQ 75 range or less, at which point we are close to the typical limit for a mild mental retardation. “
On the issue of FGM, he reportedly wrote: ‘It is not yet clear to what extent FGM poses a serious risk to girls, who grew up in the UK, from some origins of minority groups. Much of the tonality and tears seem more like a moral panic.
Labor Party president Ian Lavery said: “It is disgusting that not only number 10 has failed to condemn Andrew Sabisky’s appalling comments, but also appears to have supported the idea that whites are smarter than blacks.
“Boris Johnson should have the backbone to make a statement in his own words as to why he made this appointment, whether he supports it, or his views on eugenics.”
Geneticist Dr. Adam Rutherford criticized the comments of Mr. Sabisky, writing on Twitter: “Like Cummings, he seems to be bewitched by science, without having made the effort to understand the areas he is invoking, nor his history”.
He said the “moral repugnance” of the observations was “overwhelming”, adding: “They are all for scientifically minded people who advise the government. In reality they are all for scientists who advise the government. From this point of view, Sabisky and really Cummings seem enchanted by science without making legs.
Instead this resembles the dismantling of misunderstood or specious science into a political ideology. The story here is important, because this process is exactly what happened at the birth of scientific racism and the birth of eugenics. “
Sabisky, the new government advisor, also made the controversial comment on women’s sport
Some special government advisers are reported to be ready to boycott the meetings at which Sabisky is present and are also planning to refuse to respond to any e-mails they send.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said it was a “Dominic Cummings and Issue 10 issue” when asked about Sky News.
On Sunday, transportation secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC: “I don’t know the person, but in particular they are not opinions that I or the government share in any way, form or form.”
When asked if Mr. If Shapps had spoken for the government, the prime minister’s deputy spokesman said, “He was speaking as a transportation secretary.”