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Boris Johnson: The Tory leadership candidate is pictured in one of his more rational moments.

If Boris Johnson really thinks that hard work can cure mental illness, then why has he never tried it?

I know – it’s a low blow to suggest that Mr Johnson, a habitual sexist and racist, an embarrassment to the Conservative Party and the UK as a whole, could be mentally ill. And an offence against people who have been diagnosed with mental health problems.

But his behaviour suggests there is something seriously amiss in his cranium.

As this man may soon be the UK’s prime minister, why has nobody demanded that he undergo a mental health check?

Boris Johnson’s latest column for The Telegraph puts forward the idea that the UK can “improve mental health, save money and boost the economy all in one go”. In it, he suggests that what helped Winston Churchill cope with his depression wasn’t his alleged dependence on alcohol, but the fact that he worked hard.

“It was with work that he pitchforked off his depression; and what was true for Churchill is basically true for all of us: that to a very large extent we derive our self-esteem from what we do,” he writes.

“It is often from our jobs – from being engrossed in our daily tasks – that we get that all-important sense of satisfaction.”

Source: Boris Johnson’s idea that hard work cures mental illness is totally absurd – and a worrying indication of things to come

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