Grant Shapps distances himself and government from racist comments – but Johnson’s office says ‘speak for yourself’
Downing Street has slapped down a Cabinet minister who said that neither he nor the government agreed with the views of controversial – and now ex – adviser Andrew Sabisky.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said during an interview that Sabisky’s views on black people and the poor were not Shapps’ views nor those of the government.
But Downing Street quickly issued a statement saying that Shapps was speaking only for himself – and when asked directly whether Boris Johnson agreed with Sabisky’s views, Johnson’s office declined to answer:
Downing Street’s refusal to distance itself from Sabisky’s comments are not too surprising. Dominic Cummings, the man behind Sabisky’s appointment, has also been criticised for his ‘eugenics’ views – and indeed one of Sabisky’s most controversial comments was made in response to a Cummings article.
Boris Johnson’s equally-criticised novel Seventy-Two Virgins also hints that his views might not be a million miles away, as a Twitter user pointed out:
Shapps should be commended for wanting to put himself as far away from Sabisky’s comments as possible. People have every right to be deeply worried that Boris Johnson and his handler not only opted not to do the same but slapped down Shapps for including them when he did so.
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