Thursday, November 28, 2019

Article written by Boris Johnson in 1995 calling working class men 'criminal and drunk' resurface as he takes campaigns to working-class areas

A column by Boris Johnson in which he raged against working-class communities has come back to haunt him.

The Prime Minister blasted "blue collar" men and claimed many were criminals - without offering any evidence.

He said the "modern British male is useless", adding: "If he is blue collar, he is likely to be drunk, criminal, aimless, feckless and hopeless, and perhaps claiming to suffer from low self-esteem brought on by unemployment."

The comments were made in a rant in The Spectator magazine in 1995 about the number of single mums in Britain.

He complained the "proliferation of single mothers" was costing taxpayers £9.1billion a year and producing a generation of "ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate children".

After the remarks about "blue collar" men, the snobbish article continued: "If he (the father) is white collar, he is likely to be little better.

"It is no use blaming uppity and irresponsible women for becoming pregnant in the absence of a husband.

"Given their natural desire to have babies, and the tininess of what the sociologist William Julius Wilson has called the 'marriageable pool', it is the only answer."

Writing about the state of society, Mr Johnson raged: "To a large extent, like many others, I blame successive Labour and Tory governments and social security secretaries, including Peter Lilley, for failing to restrict the public emoluments available to this group.

"It is a bit late to start wondering now about how one might adjust the priority accorded to single mothers in the queue for housing; or whether to cut the single parent premium on child benefit; or whether to build in a job search requirement for single mothers with children of school age.

"That should have been done before half a million single mothers found themselves on benefit.

"No one believes that these girls make a cold and detailed calculation of the benefits that might be avail- able to them if they failed to take their pill.

"But there is some evidence that the prospect of more readily available housing is an enticement; and it must be generally plausible that if having a baby out of wed- lock meant sure-fire destitution on a Victorian scale, young girls might indeed think twice about having a baby."

The article, written while Mr Johnson was assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, has resurfaced as the PM campaigns for votes in working-class areas.

1 comment:

  1. Never throw stones if you intend to live in a glass house