Downing Street refuses to condemn controversial new adviser


Downing Street refuses to condemn newly appointed government adviser who backed legally enforced contraception to stop unplanned pregnancies and suggested black people are mentally inferior

  • Boris Johnson under pressure to sack Andrew Sabisky over past comments
  • Mr Sabisky’s reported joining of the government has sparked fury over remarks
  • He advocated the use of enforced contraception to stop unplanned pregnancies
  • Also suggested black Americans have lower average IQ than white Americans
  • Prime Minister’s deputy spokesman was asked to condemn remarks but failed to 

Downing Street has refused to condemn a newly appointed government adviser who advocated legally enforcing the uptake of contraception to stop unplanned pregnancies ‘creating a permanent underclass’.  

Andrew Sabisky also previously reportedly suggested black Americans have a lower average IQ than white Americans and labelled public outcry over female genital mutilation a ‘moral panic’.

Boris Johnson is under growing pressure to sack Mr Sabisky who was apparently drafted in to Number 10 after the PM’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings called for ‘misfits and weirdos’ to apply to advise the government.  

But Downing Street repeatedly refused to condemn the remarks this morning. 

The Prime Minister’s deputy official spokesman said: ‘I am not going to be commenting on individual appointments.’

Asked whether Mr Johnson condemned the comments, the deputy spokesman said: ‘The Prime Minister’s views are well publicised and documented.’ 

Boris Johnson is under pressure to sack ndrew Sabisky,

Andrew Sabisky, a researcher who describes himself as a ‘super-forecaster’, has been criticised for previous remarks after he was appointed as an adviser to the government

Boris Johnson, pictured at a meeting of the Cabinet on Friday, is now under growing pressure to sack Mr Sabisky

Boris Johnson, pictured at a meeting of the Cabinet on Friday, is now under growing pressure to sack Mr Sabisky

Boris Johnson, pictured at a meeting of the Cabinet on Friday, is now under growing pressure to sack Mr Sabisky

Writing on Mr Cummings’ website in 2014, Mr Sabisky said: ‘One way to get around the problems of unplanned pregnancies creating a permanent underclass would be to legally enforce universal uptake of long-term contraception at the onset of puberty.

‘Vaccination laws give it a precedent, I would argue.’

In another post being circulated on social media, Mr Sabisky claimed black people had lower IQs than white people.

In the article, entitled ‘Disabilities by race’ he reportedly said: ‘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.’

On the issue of FGM, he reportedly wrote: ‘It is still unclear to what extent FGM represents a serious risk to young girls, raised in the UK, of certain minority group origins. Much of the hue and cry looks more like a moral panic.’ 

Ian Lavery, the chairman of the Labour Party, 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.’  

Geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford criticised the comments made by Mr Sabisky, writing on Twitter: ‘Like Cummings, he appears to be bewitched by science, without having made the effort to understand the areas he is invoking, nor it’s history.’

He said the ‘moral repugnance’ of the remarks was ‘overwhelming’, adding: ‘I am all for scientifically minded people advising government. In fact I am all for scientists advising government. From this perspective, Sabisky and indeed Cummings look bewitched by science without doing the legwork.

‘Instead this resembles the marshalling of misunderstood or specious science into a political ideology. The history here is important, because this process is exactly what happened at the birth of scientific racism and the birth of eugenics.’

New government adviser Mr Sabisky also made the above controversial comment on women's sport

New government adviser Mr Sabisky also made the above controversial comment on women's sport

New government adviser Mr Sabisky also made the above controversial comment on women’s sport

It has been reported that some government special advisers are prepared to boycott meetings where Mr Sabisky is present and are also planning to refuse to reply to any emails he sends.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said it was a ‘matter for Dominic Cummings and Number 10’ when asked about the remarks on Sky News.

On Sunday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC: ‘I don’t know the individual but they are particularly not views that I or the Government shares in any way, shape or form.’

Asked if Mr Shapps had been speaking for the government, the PM’s deputy spokesman said: ‘He was speaking as the Transport Secretary.’