An adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned amid fierce criticism of his past comments linking intelligence to race and suggesting contraception should be made compulsory to avoid “a permanent underclass.”
Andrew Sabisky on Monday said he was quitting because he had become “a distraction”.
MPs from both the opposition and the governing Conservatives had called on Johnson to fire Sabisky.
Sabisky – who has a master’s degree in the psychology of education, according to an online biography – wrote in 2014 that “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.”
He has also suggested that black Americans have a lower average IQ than white Americans.
On Twitter, Sabisky accused critics of “selective quoting” and said “I signed up to do real work, not be in the middle of a giant character assassination”.
“The media hysteria about my old stuff online is mad but I wanted to help (the government) not be a distraction. Accordingly I’ve decided to resign as a contractor,” he wrote.
Johnson has his own record of offensive comments. He has called Papua New Guineans “cannibals,” referred to people in Commonwealth countries with the offensive term “picaninnies” and said the children of single mothers were “ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate”.
-Reported by AAP
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