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Downing Street adviser resigns over "unacceptable" comments

Andrew Sabisky, a former No 10 adviser, has resigned from his position following comments he had made on eugenics, race and women.

Sabisky, who was believed to have been hired as part of Dominic Cummings’ search for “misfits and weirdos”, advocated for mandatory contraception, which he believed would prevent the creation of a “permanent underclass".

In 2014, Sabisky commented on a blog post that black Americans had a lower average IQ than white Americans.

He defended himself in a tweet, part of which read: "I know this will disappoint a lot of people but I signed up to do real work, not be in the middle of a giant character assassination.

"If I can't do the work properly there's no point, and I have a lot of other things to do with my life."

This morning Cummings told the press they ought to "Read Philip Tetlock's Superforecasters, instead of political pundits who don't know what they're talking about."

Business minister Kwasi Kwarteng said that Sabisky’s remarks were "totally unacceptable".

He continued that: "I think we should prevent racists coming into No 10 or wherever he was working. I think we do need to look at these processes.

“I don’t know who he is. I read in the papers he’s 27 years old, I don’t know how he’s had time to write all this stuff to be honest.”

Boris Johnson’s spokesman said that "The prime minister's views on a range of subjects are well publicised and documented."

They refused to comment on Sabisky’s remarks.


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February 18 2020

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