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UK government adviser quits over race comments

Andrew Sabisky once suggested black Americans had lower average intelligence than whites

Andrew Sabisky worked as an adviser to the British government. Reuters
Andrew Sabisky worked as an adviser to the British government. Reuters

An adviser in British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office resigned on Monday after online comments resurfaced where he linked intellect to race and seemed to advocate a eugenics policy.

Andrew Sabisky once suggested that black Americans had a lower average intelligence than whites.

Mr Sabisky also said in a 2014 web post that one way to stop unplanned pregnancies "creating a permanent underclass" was to force people to use contraception.

On Monday he said he was in the middle of a "giant character assassination" and was stepping down because he did not want to be a distraction.

"The media hysteria about my old stuff online is mad but I wanted to help Her Majesty's Government, not be a distraction," he said on Twitter.

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"Accordingly, I've decided to resign as a contractor."

Mr Sabisky said he hoped the government hired more people with "good geopolitical forecasting track records and that media learn to stop selective quoting".

"If I can't do the work properly there's no point," he said, adding that he had "a lot of other things to do" with his life.

Downing Street had repeatedly refused to say whether Mr Johnson supported the views expressed by Mr Sabisky.

"I'm not going to be commenting on individual appointments," a spokesman said.

The main opposition Labour Party had called for his sacking.

"It's right that Andrew Sabisky is no longer working in government," said party chairman Ian Lavery. "He should never have been appointed in the first place.

Mr Lavery said that Mr Johnson had "serious questions to answer".

The prime minister's chief adviser is Dominic Cummings, 48, who orchestrated the official campaign for Britain to leave the EU.

Writing on Mr Cummings's 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."

Updated: February 18, 2020 03:31 AM

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