It is refreshing to have politicians like Boris Johnson…who tell it how it is.
Economic equality will never be possible because some people are too stupid to get ahead, Boris Johnson said on Wednesday night.
Natural differences between human beings will always mean that some will succeed and others will fail, the Mayor of London said in a speech.
Despite calling for more to be done to help talented people from poor backgrounds to advance — including state-funded places at private schools — Mr Johnson said some people would always find it easier to get ahead than others. “Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests, it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16 per cent of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2 per cent have an IQ above 130,” he said.
Addressing the Centre for Policy Studies in London, Mr Johnson suggested that economic inequality was useful because it encouraged people to work harder.
He said: “I don’t believe that economic equality is possible; indeed, some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses and so on that it is a valuable spur to economic activity.” Read more »