My heart bleeds.
Who'll bail out Boris? Johnson has taken a vast pay cut to be PM, his ex-wife Marina Wheeler is 'cleaning him out' in expensive divorce, he's unable to afford a nanny - and is forced to pay for every No10 meal himself
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... ut-PM.html
With something resembling a genial grunt, the Prime Minister urged his guests to tuck into lunch, Oxfordshire beef fillet with crispy shin, baby leeks and a rich gravy with the promise of marmalade bread and butter pudding to follow.
'Enjoy it,' he said before bellowing down the long dining table at Chequers: 'Eat every scrap. I have to pay for this you know!' For once Boris Johnson was not joking.
Every time he entertains friends rather than official guests at his country residence or in his Downing Street flat, he is presented with a bill.
Welcome to the real world Boris.
A cripplingly expensive divorce from his second wife, said to have left him 'cleaned out'; the cost of supporting at least four of his six children; and a substantial drop in income, possibly as much as two-thirds, as a result of becoming Prime Minister — all of these have contributed to what have been described as his 'dark moods'.
'He worries about money and complains all the time that he doesn't have enough,' says a friend.
I can't believe the sacrifices that Boris is prepared to make just to serve his country.
While he pays no rent on the flat, it is regarded as a benefit in kind and there is a liability for heating, lighting, repairs, redecoration and furnishings on which tax is charged. It is thought this costs Boris just over £7,000 a year.
Given that many people in London pay over £7000 a month in rent I don't think he will get much sympathy.
He has to support Carrie, who is not working, as well as some of his older children, including Theo, his youngest son with Marina, who is at Cambridge University.
At the same time he is providing for his daughter Stephanie, who was born in 2009 and is the product of an affair with art adviser Helen Macintyre.
Interesting turn of phrase there 'the product of an affair'
I find this claim by Andrew Pierce a bit hard to believe.
Unlike his predecessor Theresa May, whose banker husband Philip was highly paid, and David Cameron who was well off through marriage and family connections, Boris has no other income to fall back on.
Surely there is nothing stopping him from writing books and articles while he is PM as well as accepting advances on books he will write when he steps down. Pierce then ends the article with this gem.
Of course, if he were to stand down as Prime Minister his money problems would be solved at a stroke . . .