Boris Johnson insisted today that critics of his comments about IQ had chosen to 'wilfully misconstrue what I said'. He told LBC radio this morning that 'what I was saying actually is that there is too much inequality, and my speech was actually a warning, as correctly reported by many newspapers, actually a warning against letting this thing go unchecked. Because if you look at what's happened in the last 20 to 30 years, there's been a widening in income between rich and poor - there's no question about that.' He also managed to fail an IQ test, which was an inevitable consequence of this whole debacle.
But Labour is keen to use the Mayor's comments as a stick with which to beat the Conservatives as a whole. Tristram Hunt today shoehorned it into his response to the PISA rankings, asking Michael Gove the following:
'Will he use this opportunity to join the Deputy Prime Minister and me in condemning the unpleasant whiff of eugenics from the Mayor of London and instead use the opportunity provided by the PISA data to pursue excellence for all, academic and vocational, in all our schools?'