A month after Dominic Cummings, the chief special adviser to the PM Boris Johnson, put out an ad asking “weirdos and misfits” to apply to work at Downing Street, one such person called it quits after some past comments emerged- notably his say on black people’s IQ and whether benefits claimants should be encouraged to have fewer children.
Andrew Sabisk, on Monday, said that he would be stepping down as a “contractor” to No 10 due to “media hysteria”. He tweeted: “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. I hope No 10 hires more [people with] good geopolitical forecasting track records and that media learn to stop selective quoting.”
Sabisky, who calls himself a “researcher” and “super-forecaster”, in 2014 had commented on Cummings’s blog, suggesting “universal uptake of long-term contraception at the onset of puberty” for the “underclass”.
Last year, he tweeted that “women’s sport is more comparable to Paralympics than it is to men’s.” Perhaps the most controversial and illogical one is on a blog post in which he suggested that politicians should pay attention to “very real racial differences in intelligence” black Americans had greater diagnostic rates than whites when it came to intellectual disability.
Sabisky along with Cummings and Johnson are at the end of a severe backlash and questions have emerged on why he was hired in the first place. During the daily briefing for UK political journalists, a government spokesperson was asked whether Johnson shared Sabisky’s views on eugenics, the study of selective breeding of humans. He replied, “The Prime Minister’s views on a range of subjects are well-publicized and documented.” The spokesperson also distanced Johnson and Cummings from the remarks of Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, who said Sabisky’s comments were neither his nor the government’s views. The spokesperson said Shapps was speaking only for himself when he made that comment.