A government adviser has resigned after a row about his views on women, race and eugenics

A government adviser whose appointment had caused an outcry inside and outside of Westminster has resigned to end the distraction caused by the furore.

Andrew Sabisky had gone on record as being in favour of eugenics, the science of “improving” a species through breeding, with a compulsory element, as well as reportedly holding objectionable views on women and race.

The BBC published some comments made on forums or blogs by a user sharing his unusual name, including:

“One way to get around the problems of unplanned pregnancies creating a permanent underclass would be to legally enforce universal uptake of long-term contraception at the onset of puberty,”

“There are excellent reasons to think the very real racial differences in intelligence are significantly – even mostly – genetic in origin.”

When asked to condemn the comments and to state the PM didn’t approve of eugenics, 10 Downing Street refused to comment.

Late on Monday, Sabisky tweeted that he’d stepped down, complaining of a focus on things he’d said in the past, before deleting his Twitter account.

These reactions to the news say it all.