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Sacked Tory adviser Andrew Sabisky had spewed racist bile about the ‘inferiority’ of black people and had called for forced sterilisation to prevent the emergence of a ‘permanent underclass.’

Dominic Cummings – and most likely Boris Johnson as well – will have known this before appointing him.  But like Johnson’s own writings about black people as ‘piccaninnies’ with ‘watermelon smiles’, Sabisky’s comments were not a barrier to being drawn into the centre of the Tory government machine.

The growth of far-right, racist and fascist movements has acted to boost the confidence of some in academia who promote these pseudo-scientific, false notions of population differences that hark back to the discredited eugenics movement of the 1920s and 1930s.  Likewise, the race-theorists’ ramblings are helping these movements to grow.

The explosion of anger when Sabisky’s views were exposed led directly to his sacking – showing that a mass movement can beat back the racists.