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Johnson accused of holding ‘hatred and contempt’ for Britain's working-class people

Labour's Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said the PM has ‘no idea what life is like for people who don’t have everything handed to them on a plate’

BORIS JOHNSON was accused of having “no idea” how ordinary people live today after he called those who live in Britain’s poorest communities “chavs,” “drug addicts,” “burglars” and “losers” in a newspaper article.

In the unearthed Telegraph column from 2005, Mr Johnson wrote that poorer voters living on “run-down estates” only vote for Labour because of the “deluded hope of bigger handouts” from Labour governments.

Mr Johnson attacked the “bottom 20 per cent of society” for producing “the chavs, the losers, the burglars, the drug addicts” in Britain.

He accused Labour MPs of only wanting to ban the smacking of children because of their “revulsion when they see a chav belting her kids in the supermarket.”

The latest scandal comes days after a string of other controversial statements written by Mr Johnson were revealed.

In a column for The Spectator in 1995, he said that children raised by single mothers were “ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate.”

In the same piece, he also wrote that “blue-collar” men are “likely to be drunk, criminal, aimless, feckless and hopeless.”

In 2013, he claimed that the inequality was inevitable due to poorer people’s lack of intelligence, writing: “Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests, it is surely relevant to a conversation about inequality 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.”

Ms Rayner said: “These comments further expose the hatred and contempt Boris Johnson feels for working-class people in Britain. 

“This is someone who, from Eton to the Bullingdon Club and beyond, has known nothing but privilege and entitlement, and used this position of power to attack single mothers like me, people on low wages who are struggling to make ends meet, and people on benefits, such those with a disability or illness. 

“He has no idea what life is like for people who don’t have everything handed to them on a plate.

“He is a danger to our NHS, a danger to working-class people and a danger to the fabric of our society.”

Mr Johnson was also accused of lying about the Conservative Party’s record on child poverty on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today.

He claimed: “There are 400,000 fewer children in poverty than there were in 2010,” despite figures showing an increase of half a million with more than four million to spend Christmas in poverty.


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