By Karen Smith, BA Development Studies
Last week one of Dominic Cummings’ new employees, Andrew Sabinsky, hired as part of his effort to bring in more ‘weirdos and misfits’ to restructure the Tory government, was forced to resign after his racist, misogynistic, and borderline sadistic remarks hit the headlines.
The 27-year-old self-proclaimed political ‘super fore-caster’ seemed to have failed to forecast his demise, as journalists unearthed his vile comments and remarks he made before his position as an adviser.
Under the username dovelamenting on Reddit, he often commented and gave terrible advice on threads, even commenting that a woman has not ‘all that much to worry about’ on a post she made seeking advice after finding some disturbing pornography which included incest and paedophilia.
‘Theologically speaking she is your wife and should submit to you as unto the Lord,’ Sabisky said in another comment, under a post made by a Mormon man about his wife who was reluctant to have sex with him. He even told one man who was looking to lose his virginity to just pay for a ‘really good hooker’.
Another Twitter post in 2014 claimed that the IQ of black Americans is lower than the average IQ for white people and that they are more prone to have an ‘intellectual disability’.
A year later, he was a speaker at the controversial London Conference on Intelligence at UCL and gave a presentation on ‘The efficacy of early childhood interventions in improving cognitive outcomes’. The type of ‘early childhood interventions’ he means is clear through the various statements he’s made since, such as promoting ‘universal contraception’ to prevent ‘unplanned pregnancies creating a permanent underclass’.
His remarks were condemned across the political spectrum as well as Boris Johnson’s failure to respond to the scandal. Labour MP David Lammy pointed out on Twitter that,
‘by refusing to condemn these views, Boris Johnson revealed so much about his own character.’
The prime minister’s silence on the matter is even more alarming, considering the fact that he is no stranger to controversy surrounding his previous remarks on race and the working class, once writing that children of poorer mothers were more likely to ‘mug you on the street corner’.