Boris Johnson advisor said some benefit claimants are genetically workshy

A Boris Johnson advisor argued some benefit claimants are genetically workshy.

The Prime Minister is under mounting pressure to sack newly-appointed adviser Andrew Sabisky over comments he had made claiming black people were less intelligent and calling for mandatory contraception.

Mr Johnson’s deputy spokesman refused on 32 occasions to say whether the Prime Minister shared Mr Sabisky's published views on eugenics.

He would only say the PM’s views were "well publicised and documented."

Labour said Number 10's refusal to condemn the remarks was "disgusting”.

Downing Street aide Andrew Sabisky also suggested mandatory contraception to prevent unplanned pregnancies causing a “permanent underclass” in the UK.

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And in newly unearthed comments he argued some benefit claimants are genetically “employment-resistant.”

In a 2016 book review for the Adam Smith institute, which has since been deleted, Mr Sabisky claimed some benefit claimants were genetically more likely to avoid work.

He wrote: “Habitual welfare claimants tend to be less conscientious and agreeable than the average person”

He went on to claim “habitual claimants” tend to reproduce at “higher rates than the general population” and “adjust their fertility in response to changes in the generosity of welfare provision”

He went on: “Personality traits are substantially heritable (meaning that a decent percentage of the variation in these traits is due to naturally occurring genetic variation).

“Given this fact, habitual welfare claimants with employment-resistant personalities are likely to have offspring with similar personalities.”

Former immigration minister Caroline Nokes – who chairs the Commons equalities committee – tweeted: “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.

She added: “[There] Must be no place in Government for the views he’s expressed”

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