Boris Johnson’s philosophy isn’t just elitist – it’s sinister | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian

Boris Johnson – or Borisconi, as I call him – has a severe case of premature ejaculation. Obviously I am using ejaculation here to mean saying something too soon and too hastily.

He has said what he really thinks. Will the electorate, the great lumpen mass of obviously stupid people, swallow it? Rich people are rich because they are better, cleverer, more ambitious. We should worship them for paying taxes. Try not to think about the ones that don\’t. Oh, and let\’s have Boris Island.

There are no surprises in what he said, other than timing. The Tories increasingly favour genetic explanations for inequality. If whole swaths of us are born poor, dumb and without the drive to get to Eton, never mind a jobcentre, it\’s our own stupid fault. Only lunatics would point to the \”cleverness\” of the bankers who fabricated formulae that sold off risk in ever smaller bundles, with no consequences for the buyers. Amazing how these intellectual giants produced an unmitigated disaster!

Let\’s move on, as Borisconi did in his party political broadcast for himself: let the wealthy take London, let a thousand Shards split the sky open so that golden showers rain down on to multibillionaires. Then, he got controversial with an ill-judged and frankly under-researched passage about IQ. Give me back my Mensa membership because any fule know any fule can be tutored up for IQ tests, which is why selective schools prefer this discredited measure of intelligence. Never mind. A genetically determinist argument – part selfish gene, part antisocial goonishness – is now in favour.

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GM Crop Could Migrate Dangerously – Inter Press Service

Food security activists who secured a moratorium on introducing genetically modified brinjal (aubergine) into India fear that their efforts are being undermined by the release of GM brinjal in neighbouring Bangladesh.

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