Issue 4 Online Extra: What does Boris Johnson know about IQ?

This article contains the link to the video referred to in the conversation between Camila Batmanghelidjh and Guest Editor Jodhi May in Issue 4 of The New Idealist which you can download here.

Please note: This article was first published on the original version of The New Idealist online in February 2014 before being added to this newly created site in July 2015.

This video clip refers to Boris Johnson’s ‘Greed is Good’ speech at the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank in London, which he delivered as part of its annual Margaret Thatcher lecture.

The Mayor of London appeared to mock the 16% “of our species” with an IQ below 85 and called for more to be done to help the 2% of the population who have an IQ above 130.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg appeared on LBC 97.3 radio and voiced his distaste with some of the comments “I don’t agree with Boris Johnson on this. Much as he is a funny and engaging guy, I have to say these comments reveal a fairly unpleasant, careless elitism that somehow suggests we should give up on a whole swathe of fellow citizens.

To talk about us as if we are a sort of breed of dogs, a species I think he calls it … the danger is if you start taking such a deterministic view of people because they have got a number attached to them, in this case an IQ number, they are not going to rise to the top of the cornflake packet, that is complete anathema to everything I’ve always stood for in politics.”

BORIS FAILS IQ TEST

In other news, you can view Boris struggling to answer standard IQ test questions on LBC 97.3 radio here.

The flustered Mayor then comments that “No-one’s saying that IQ is the only measure of ability”…

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