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Downing Street has refused to say whether Boris Johnson agrees with the claim by a No.10 aide that black people are less intelligent than white people.
The extreme claim was reportedly made by 27-year-old Andrew Sabisky, who answered Dominic Cummings’ call for “misfits and weirdos” to join his team running No.10.
At a briefing on Monday, a Downing Street spokesperson refused to condemn Sabisky’s views about black people or say whether the prime minister agreed with them, pointing only to Johnson’s previous statements.
The spokesperson also refused to condemn Sabisky’s call for the introduction of eugenics or his claim that women’s sport is “more comparable” to the Paralympics than men’s sport.
“I’m not going to be commenting on individual appointments,” the spokesperson said.
“The prime minister’s views are well documented and well publicised”.
The PM has been criticised in the past for referring to Black Africans as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”.
He also once wrote that working class mothers’ children were “unloved and undisciplined” and might “mug you on the street corner”.
Sabisky has been hired as a contractor in Downing Street after answering Cummings’ call for staff.
But Downing Street’s response sparked criticism from Tory former minister Caroline Nokes, who also called for Sabisky to be sacked.
Cannot believe No 10 has refused to comment on Andrew Sabisky. I don’t know him from a bar of soap, but don’t think we’d get on ....... must be no place in Government for the views he’s expressed— Caroline Nokes (@carolinenokes) February 17, 2020
Sabisky, a self-styled “superforecaster”, once wrote about the IQs of...