BLACK DOG: Boris's 'mentally deficient' jibe

By Black Dog

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Boris Johnson’s jibe at people with low IQs was mild compared to an even more provocative swipe at the ‘mentally deficient’ when he edited The Spectator magazine.

A Speccie editorial thundered:  ‘A university that was not elitist would admit everyone indiscriminately, including the mentally deficient.’

It added that changing the rules to help more working-class pupils from state schools go to Oxford, as privately educated Boris did,  ‘is reminiscent of Stalinist Russia’.

Boris Johnson took a provocative swipe at the 'mentally deficient' when he edited The Spectator magazine

Boris Johnson took a provocative swipe at the 'mentally deficient' when he edited The Spectator magazine

 

David Cameron made a powerful tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Yet, distinguished black Tory Derek Laud  says when he accompanied young Tory aide Dave on a trip to apartheid South Africa in 1989, a year before Mandela’s release, he does not recall Cameron mentioning his name.

‘I wanted sanctions to stop rich white people buying luxury goods. David peddled the Foreign Office line that Mandela was a terrorist. He could have been a bit more robust.’

South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela shaking hands with Margaret Thatcher

South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela shaking hands with Margaret Thatcher

Despite the gulf in political roots, Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela developed a warm personal chemistry.

Diplomat Sir Robin Renwick described the great man’s amused reaction when, on arrival in London ‘with a chest infection and utterly exhausted’, Maggie displayed her matronly skills.

‘She was very concerned about his state of health, and attempted to revive him with a small glass of port.’

As Mandela put it: ‘She chided me like  a school ma’am for not taking her advice and cutting down on my schedule.’

 

‘Dumped by Dave’ drops himself in it

The Sherlocks at No10 have spotted that sacked Education Minister Tim Loughton, right, has declared his £100 cheque for the 'Dumped by Dave' article in the MPs' register

The Sherlocks at No10 have spotted that sacked Education Minister Tim Loughton, right, has declared his £100 cheque for the 'Dumped by Dave' article in the MPs' register

David Cameron was livid after last year’s ministerial reshuffle when an anonymous Tory MP wrote a bitter ‘kiss ’n’ tell’ account of being sacked by him in a magazine article headed: Dumped by Dave.

The mystery MP said the PM’s words sounded ‘horribly like what one’s wife might say before booting you out’.

Now the Sherlocks at No10 have spotted that sacked Education Minister Tim Loughton, right, has declared his £100 cheque for the article in the MPs’ register. Doh!

Nigella Lawson’s journalist brother Dominic – dapper alongside sis for her court appearances – says clothes are a secret weapon.

Nick Ridley, a Cabinet pal of Dominic’s dad Nigel, quit after insulting Germans in an interview with Dom at Ridley’s country pile.

Asked by doyen of Westminster scribes Donald Macintyre – known for his ‘lived in’ look –  if he stitched up Ridley, Dom scoffed:  ‘I’m a family friend and dressed for the country. You’d have worn a dirty raincoat and he wouldn’t have said a thing.’

PM lacks 'elect factor'

Computer game fanatic David Cameron spent the long flight home from the China trade jaunt pretending to be Simon Cowell.

He was given the iPad app Music Inc – which involves managing your own pop group – by music industry envoy Jo Dipple, one of the UK trade experts on the trip.

The PM’s cyber ‘electro’ band, ‘Liberty’, flopped. Not a good omen for a man who fears being a one-hit Election wonder.

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From what I read and heard Boris referred to people with high, average and low IQs - not as you say 'mentally deficient'. Now that may be how you consider those with low IQ, but it is not what was said, and to suggest it was is less than honest. It is an honest fact of life that individuals have a huge natural variability in intelligence, there is nothing right nor wrong in that, it is simply how it is. It doesn't make any level better or worse than another as people but it does mean that some are more likely to succeed or to fail than others. If you believe in equality of opportunity that can only mean that each individual should have equal opportunity to maximise the natural talent or ability they are born with. That inescapably means, unless you are a left-wing dumber-downer, that every individual should be challenged during education to the full extent of their intellect - and that means that one size fits all schools are going to fail pupils at both ends of the IQ spectrum.

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Boris, blunders once again. I have nowt, and usually admire Boris but not this evening, still tomorrow is another day & he will without doubt be insulting another group, nobody is safe from his wit or lack of it, whichever side of the fence you stand, rich or poor that is his draw.

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It is the nature of the self-appointed elite, such as Boris, to dissuade education to the masses and thus by so doing indulge the masquerade that ''he might be perceived as intelligent''. Not unlike asking a blind man to correct a manuscript and denying him access to braille.

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