Boris Johnson’s comment about mental illness raises one revealing question

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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3 thoughts on “Boris Johnson’s comment about mental illness raises one revealing question

  1. trev

    That is very worrying indeed. I have suffered with Depression and Anxiety but it’s just something I have to live with, I’ve been on meds. in the past and I don’t want to go down that road again, and I’ve been through psychotherapy which was horrendous and very harrowing so I certainly don’t want to go through that ever again. I am diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder but they won’t give me a sick note so I have no choice but to claim JSA and go through the motions of endlessly applying for jobs that I don’t want and am never likely to get, just to avoid getting Sanctioned. If I ever did get a job I would crack and wouldn’t last long. It’s a living nightmare and I can’t wait to be old enough to retire and get my State Pension, just another 10 yrs to go….if I live that long!

  2. Simon Cohen

    Now that he’s going to be PM he has given himself full licence to indulge in his ‘mouth farts’ offering the public glib and superficial comments that massively oversimplify complex problems and reduce them to binary , black and white issues.

    Johnson is playing the’Trump Card’ entertain the public who have been so stressed by years of private debt and job insecurity that they won’t see through the fact that it is Johnson who is taking the piss out of them.

    Johnson will join the other buffoons and piss-takers: Orban, Netanyahoo, Bolsonaro,Trump, Duterte and Salvini. A club of manipulative, mendacious characters who are distinctly dangerous.

    Expect the worst: Johnson + Farage and lots of ‘take back control’ chanting whilst the banks and corporations scam and rip us off, laughing as they do.

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