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Boris Johnson was back at the easel in Spain today as he brushed off criticism that he has fled abroad while Britain faces crisis after crisis – with his wife Carrie and young son Wilf also seen admiring his painting skills in the hills above Marbella this morning.

The Prime Minister is staying in fellow Tory Zac Goldsmith’s £25,000-a-week estate on the Costa del Sol, but he has come under fire for timing his holiday amid the chaos back home of soaring gas prices, empty shelves and a plethora of other problems shaking the country. 

Mr Johnson was also criticised when he was photographed painting on the grand terrace yesterday. But in a show of defiance he was back out today drawing the stunning Spanish countryside. It came as Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden backed him up, insisting the PM ‘is never truly away’ from work on holiday, and claimed his boss remains fully ‘engaged’ with issues in the UK.

He said: ‘I hope your viewers will appreciate that the Prime Minister has been through a challenging time in a lot of different ways – he had Covid-19, he’s got a new child on the way, and very sadly he lost his mother just a few weeks ago. So this is a just a short break and he will be returning to the UK and I am expecting to see him later this week.’

After breakfast, the British leader popped up again on to the balcony of the grand estate where he is staying with wife Carrie and their young son Wilfred, who was being carried by a unknown man, who is likely member of the Downing Street team out in Spain acting as a ‘manny’ while Wilf’s father put brush on canvas.

Dressed in a navy blue sweater and baggy trousers Boris shock of white blonde hair could be seen from across the valley of the isolated farming estate. He was joined on balcony by wife Carrie and son Wilfred who admired his brushwork before the sun rose above began to blaze.   

Mr Johnson appears to share the hobby with his political hero, Sir Winston Churchill – a keen amateur artist himself, having created more than 500 paintings. His appreciation for such artwork may have also stemmed from his late mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who was a painter. 

Boris Johnson is back at his easel today after brushing off criticism that he is painting in Spain while Britain battles multiple crises

Boris Johnson is back at his easel today after brushing off criticism that he is painting in Spain while Britain battles multiple crises

Boris Johnson is back at his easel today after brushing off criticism that he is painting in Spain while Britain battles multiple crises

Mr Johnson clutches his brush as his decision to keep painting was seen as an act of defiance after pictures of him made front page news in the UK overnight

Mr Johnson clutches his brush as his decision to keep painting was seen as an act of defiance after pictures of him made front page news in the UK overnight

Mr Johnson clutches his brush as his decision to keep painting was seen as an act of defiance after pictures of him made front page news in the UK overnight

The PM appeared to be struggling with the right hand side of his painting, scratching his head and then stepping back to take a better look

The PM appeared to be struggling with the right hand side of his painting, scratching his head and then stepping back to take a better look

The PM appeared to be struggling with the right hand side of his painting, scratching his head and then stepping back to take a better look

The PM appeared to be struggling with the right hand side of his painting, scratching his head and then stepping back to take a better look

The PM appeared to be struggling with the right hand side of his painting, scratching his head and then stepping back to take a better look

With that painting's subject yet to be revealed, dozens of Twitter users spent their time pondering what the Prime Minister's artwork could be, including this minimalist image

With that painting's subject yet to be revealed, dozens of Twitter users spent their time pondering what the Prime Minister's artwork could be, including this minimalist image

With that painting’s subject yet to be revealed, dozens of Twitter users spent their time pondering what the Prime Minister’s artwork could be, including this minimalist image

With that painting's subject yet to be revealed, dozens of Twitter users spent their time pondering what the Prime Minister's artwork could be including this horse

With that painting's subject yet to be revealed, dozens of Twitter users spent their time pondering what the Prime Minister's artwork could be including this horse

Another social media user suggested that Mr Johnson could have been painting a bus

Another social media user suggested that Mr Johnson could have been painting a bus

Others wondered if the painting could be a horse in the Andalusian sunshine or a bus, the PM’s favourite form of transport 

Boris Johnson's signed bus doodle for the Ann Wilkinson Mockingbird Trust raised £1,000 for the child cancer charity when he was Mayor of London

Boris Johnson's signed bus doodle for the Ann Wilkinson Mockingbird Trust raised £1,000 for the child cancer charity when he was Mayor of London

Boris Johnson’s signed bus doodle for the Ann Wilkinson Mockingbird Trust raised £1,000 for the child cancer charity when he was Mayor of London

40,000 dockers needed to save Christmas: London Gateway and Southampton ports need to DOUBLE workforce due to ‘cargo backlog’ from container and driver crises 

Experts have said Britain's ports are exceptionally busy but a lack of staff and HGV drivers is causing delays

Experts have said Britain's ports are exceptionally busy but a lack of staff and HGV drivers is causing delays

Experts have said Britain’s ports are exceptionally busy but a lack of staff and HGV drivers is causing delays

The port operator that runs Southampton and London Gateway is desperately seeking 40,000 more workers to try to save Christmas amid the ongoing delivery crisis.

Dubai-based DP World, one of the largest firms of its kind on the globe, will race to almost double its workforce from 56,000 to 100,000 in just three months.

Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem warned at a conference today the chaos at ports across the world is set to continue and keep disrupting global trade.

It comes as millions of Britons were today urged to order gifts for Christmas immediately to avoid disappointment because of delays at Britain’s choked ports where containers are stacked high and ships are being diverted.

Experts warn the crisis will not be solved until ‘well into 2022’ and will lead to gaps on the shelves throughout the festive period.

The most popular toys, games consoles, smart phones, white goods as well as chocolate and even Christmas trees are predicted to be in short supply this December.

Britain’s busiest container port, Felixstowe, has become severely congested to the point Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, is diverting its big vessels away from the UK to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

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Their arrival in Andalusia at the weekend has prompted comments in the Spanish media about his decision to go on holiday while Britain is in the grip of fuel and food shopping crises.

Spain’s Canal 3 TV station reported about the British prime minister’s absence live from the country estate this morning.  

While Mr Johnson insists he remains working to solve Britain’s growing problems, he has been seen lounging around on the terrace of the luxury property with his hands behind his head.

And last night he was first seen sketching an image of the sun setting over the Mediterranean Sea from the Andalusian hillside.

Wearing a crinkled white shirt and with a carefree look on his face, he daubed a canvas in an easel set up on the balcony that faces the sea. 

It was revealed ahead of Carrie’s move into No10 that Mr and Mrs Johnson relax by spending their evenings painting together, with some of their pieces hanging on the walls of her flat in South London. 

The PM had sheltered from the 30 degree sunshine during the day but emerged as the temperature dropped.

The premier has faced criticism over the timing of his trip abroad, amid Britain’s continued fuel and energy crisis, along with the publication of a scathing report that laid bare a string of failures ministers made in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

But No10 and Government figures have defended his right to take a holiday this week, with Security Minister Damian Hinds saying it was ‘important for the whole country’ that its political leader has time to switch off.

He has also been spotted working at his laptop in between periods of relaxation and is being kept regularly updated on the ongoing work to address the current issues around fuel and supply chains, according to his spokesman.

Artistry seems to run in the Johnson family blood, with his mother, who died last month following a long battle with Parkinson’s, being described as an ‘astonishing self-taught artist’.

Ms Johnson Wahl painted stars such as Joanna Lumley and was hailed as the ‘supreme authority’ in the PM’s family.

Art had been a love of hers since her childhood, revealing to Tatler that her parents gifted her a set of oil paints when she was five.

‘I could handle them well and I immediately began to paint, without instruction. It was something I could make my own and be clever at. None of the others could paint’, she said.

She would go on to hold sell-out art shows in Brussels in the late 1970s, balancing her passion with home-schooling her four children.

Dressed in a navy blue sweater and baggy trousers, Boris was unmistakable with his shock of white blonde hair seen from across the valley of the isolated farming estate

Dressed in a navy blue sweater and baggy trousers, Boris was unmistakable with his shock of white blonde hair seen from across the valley of the isolated farming estate

Dressed in a navy blue sweater and baggy trousers, Boris was unmistakable with his shock of white blonde hair seen from across the valley of the isolated farming estate

The PM has spent several hours painting, but staff and supporters say he is working from Spain

The PM has spent several hours painting, but staff and supporters say he is working from Spain

The PM has spent several hours painting, but staff and supporters say he is working from Spain

Mr Johnson is channelling his hero Sir Winston Churchill, who loved painting, but critics have said that is where the comparisons between the two men end

Mr Johnson is channelling his hero Sir Winston Churchill, who loved painting, but critics have said that is where the comparisons between the two men end

Mr Johnson is channelling his hero Sir Winston Churchill, who loved painting, but critics have said that is where the comparisons between the two men end

Boris Johnson was last night seen sketching an image of the sun setting over the Mediterranean Sea from the Andalusian hillside

Boris Johnson and his pregnant wife Carrie are taking a foreign break at a £25,000-a-week Marbella hideaway owned by the Prime Minister's wife's close friend and Tory peer Zac Goldsmith

Boris Johnson and his pregnant wife Carrie are taking a foreign break at a £25,000-a-week Marbella hideaway owned by the Prime Minister's wife's close friend and Tory peer Zac Goldsmith

Boris Johnson and his pregnant wife Carrie are taking a foreign break at a £25,000-a-week Marbella hideaway owned by the Prime Minister’s wife’s close friend and Tory peer Zac Goldsmith

The PM and his family headed to the villa  (pictured) in Spain last Friday and are understood to be spending around a week there

The PM and his family headed to the villa  (pictured) in Spain last Friday and are understood to be spending around a week there

The PM and his family headed to the villa  (pictured) in Spain last Friday and are understood to be spending around a week there

Mr Johnson appears to share the hobby with his political hero, Sir Winston Churchill - a keen amateur artist himself, having created more than 500 paintings

Mr Johnson appears to share the hobby with his political hero, Sir Winston Churchill - a keen amateur artist himself, having created more than 500 paintings

Mr Johnson appears to share the hobby with his political hero, Sir Winston Churchill – a keen amateur artist himself, having created more than 500 paintings

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds up a painting he produced during a visit to The Discovery School in Kent last year

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds up a painting he produced during a visit to The Discovery School in Kent last year

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds up a painting he produced during a visit to The Discovery School in Kent last year

His appreciation for such artwork may have also stemmed from his late mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who was a painter

His appreciation for such artwork may have also stemmed from his late mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who was a painter

His appreciation for such artwork may have also stemmed from his late mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who was a painter 

The estate, known as Torre Tramores, is a short drive from the picturesque village of Benahavis, and has its own helipad to make sure VIP holidaymakers can arrive and leave without being seen

The estate, known as Torre Tramores, is a short drive from the picturesque village of Benahavis, and has its own helipad to make sure VIP holidaymakers can arrive and leave without being seen

The estate, known as Torre Tramores, is a short drive from the picturesque village of Benahavis, and has its own helipad to make sure VIP holidaymakers can arrive and leave without being seen

The mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1982, aged 40, but was still determined to continue her career as an artist.

Speaking to the Telegraph in 2008, she said: ‘I try to paint every day if I possibly can, though I have to go to the hospital a lot.

‘I still manage to paint, though my arm will suddenly do a movement which is completely unintentional and that almost brings me to tears.’

She is said to have completed more than 2,000 pieces in her career and was the subject of an exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London in 2015.

Meanwhile, Britain’s wartime leader had an essay, ‘Painting as a Pastime’, published in The Strand Magazine in December 1921, highlighting how the hobby impacted on his career and life.

Sir Winston used painting as a helpful tool for battling his bouts of depression triggered by the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in the First World War in 1915.

He started off doing watercolours and then turned his attention to producing oil works, but was initially reluctant to part with them because he doubted their quality.

Mr Johnson has frequently taken advantage of photo opportunities to show off his artistic skills, picking up paintbrushes on visits to at least three primary schools over the last 18 months.

But while the PM took to his easel again this evening, pressure continued to grow on No10, with concerns remaining over the extent of the fuel and energy crisis which crippled the nation in recent weeks.

Industry bosses insisted tonight that petrol shortages are still serious in London and the South East – with 10 per cent of forecourts remaining empty.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paints a picture of a face as he joins a reception class during their painting lesson during a visit to St Mary's CE Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this year

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paints a picture of a face as he joins a reception class during their painting lesson during a visit to St Mary's CE Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this year

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paints a picture of a face as he joins a reception class during their painting lesson during a visit to St Mary’s CE Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this year

Sir Winston Churchill used painting as a helpful tool for battling his bouts of depression triggered by the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in the First World War in 1915

Sir Winston Churchill used painting as a helpful tool for battling his bouts of depression triggered by the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in the First World War in 1915

Sir Winston Churchill used painting as a helpful tool for battling his bouts of depression triggered by the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in the First World War in 1915

Experts say a ‘large majority’ of retailers did not know when they would receive their next fuel delivery as the crisis continues to rumble on. 

Drivers who have been fortunate enough to find petrol and diesel in recent weeks have often had to endure long queues and increased prices when filling up. 

While bosses acknowledge the situation has improved in the last few days, shortages still remain in many areas. 

Meanwhile, producers of steel, glass, ceramics and paper and other sectors have said they may be forced to halt production unless the government does something about energy prices, which have rocketed due to a shortage of natural gas in Europe.

Mr Johnson faces growing unrest from Tory MPs amid fears thousands of manufacturing jobs could go in crucial northern seats, with global demand and supply chain issues after the pandemic sending fuel costs spiralling. 

A further headache for the PM then presented itself after the first major probe into the Covid crisis concluded that thousands of care home residents died needlessly in the pandemic, and that ministers were blinded by ‘groupthink’ among scientific advisers who wrongly wanted to manage the spread of the virus, rather than suppress it.

The dossier also claimed that No10’s early decisions on lockdowns and social distancing rank as ‘one of the most important public health failures the UK has ever experienced’. 

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer then called for an inquiry into the crisis to be brought forward. 

Speaking on a visit to a lorry driver training centre near Oldham, he said: ‘I think the least the PM could do is address the families, apologise, and bring forward the public inquiry just as quickly as possible.’

Sir Keir added: ‘The PM should take responsibility because the responsibility is his, and he should apologise.

‘But I’d like to just start by acknowledging just how difficult a day this will be for the bereaved families learning what they will learn in this report, which is a damning indictment of the Government and the flaws and errors and failures of the Government running down the NHS before the pandemic, being far too slow to respond, with the price being paid by those bereaved families, chaotic track and trace.’

Meanwhile, one of the Government’s own ministers today refused to apologise 11 times for the mistakes that had led to thousands of deaths in Britain.

Stephen Barclay, who replaced Michael Gove as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in No10’s reshuffle last month, was grilled about the report and repeatedly given the opportunity to say sorry by Sky News presenter Kay Burley, but he instead dodged the chance. He even admitted he had not yet read the 151-page report.

Boris Johnson has promised a formal inquiry into the Government’s response to the pandemic will start in Spring 2022 but an exact date has yet to be set. 

When he announced the probe, he insisted key players would be put ‘under the microscope’. 

Labour had originally called for the inquiry to begin in June this year, in line with No10’s lifting of virus restrictions. 

There are currently virtually no Covid curbs on daily life in England. 

Elsewhere, Dominic Cummings today slammed his old boss for his handling of the pandemic, branding the Prime Minister a ‘joke’. 

Speaking to Sky News outside his home, Mr Johnson’s ex chief adviser labelled No10’s system for dealing with crises a ‘disaster’. He said: ‘The system was bad for many years before Covid. 

‘Me and others put into place work to try and improve the system in 2020 after the first wave, unfortunately the Prime Minister – being the joke that he is – has not pushed that work through.’ 

Mr Cummings, who has been a vocal critic of Mr and Mrs Johnson since leaving Downing Street, added: ‘Now we have a joke Prime Minister and a joke leader of the Labour party, and we obviously need a new political system.’

The report, published today by the health and science committees at the House of Commons, is the first to shine a light on the catalogue of failures made at the top of Government. It castigated the ‘chaotic’ performance of the £37billion test and trace system. 

Families of coronavirus victims today called report ‘laughable’, with one campaigner pointing out that it ‘barely mentions the over 150,000 bereaved families’. 

 

What’s Boris painting? PM sparks hilarious social media reaction as he mimics Churchill and paints a picture during Marbella holiday

The Prime Minister appeared to be making the most of his holiday as he was seen painting on the terrace of his Spanish Costa getaway. 

Boris Johnson was seen at Zac Goldsmith’s £25,000-a-week estate in the hills above Marbella wearing a crinkled white shirt with a carefree look on his face as he put paint to canvas in an easel set up on the sea-facing balcony.  

Social media users have now let their imaginations run wild over what exactly Mr Johnson was painting.

Cinephile: One Twitter user imagined that the Prime Minister could be painting this avid Matrix fan wielding his katana and trenchcoat combo beside the film's poster

Cinephile: One Twitter user imagined that the Prime Minister could be painting this avid Matrix fan wielding his katana and trenchcoat combo beside the film's poster

Cinephile: One Twitter user imagined that the Prime Minister could be painting this avid Matrix fan wielding his katana and trenchcoat combo beside the film’s poster 

Abstract: Another thought the PM could be creating a piece with a more modern twist, focusing more on emotional expression and less on real world objects

Abstract: Another thought the PM could be creating a piece with a more modern twist, focusing more on emotional expression and less on real world objects

Abstract: Another thought the PM could be creating a piece with a more modern twist, focusing more on emotional expression and less on real world objects 

I want to bee prime minister: Could Mr Johnson have been painting a version of this wasp-like creature on his Spanish holiday?

I want to bee prime minister: Could Mr Johnson have been painting a version of this wasp-like creature on his Spanish holiday?

I want to bee prime minister: Could Mr Johnson have been painting a version of this wasp-like creature on his Spanish holiday?

The real me: One Twitter user thought the PM might have been creating a new werewolf-type persona which also appears to have vampire-style fangs

The real me: One Twitter user thought the PM might have been creating a new werewolf-type persona which also appears to have vampire-style fangs

The real me: One Twitter user thought the PM might have been creating a new werewolf-type persona which also appears to have vampire-style fangs 

Simple: Perhaps Mr Johnson stuck simply to one colour on a blank canvas for a more minimalistic approach

Simple: Perhaps Mr Johnson stuck simply to one colour on a blank canvas for a more minimalistic approach

Simple: Perhaps Mr Johnson stuck simply to one colour on a blank canvas for a more minimalistic approach  

Another social media user suggested that Mr Johnson could have been painting a bus

Another social media user suggested that Mr Johnson could have been painting a bus

Another social media user suggested that Mr Johnson could have been painting a bus

One Twitter user imagined that the PM was painting American technology entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri

One Twitter user imagined that the PM was painting American technology entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri

One Twitter user imagined that the PM was painting American technology entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri

Simple: Boris Johnson is seen in this post creating a bare bones sketch of a horse

Simple: Boris Johnson is seen in this post creating a bare bones sketch of a horse

Simple: Boris Johnson is seen in this post creating a bare bones sketch of a horse 

One Twitter user said that Mr Johnson was 'hoping' we would compare him to Winston Churchill, who was an avid painter

One Twitter user said that Mr Johnson was 'hoping' we would compare him to Winston Churchill, who was an avid painter

One Twitter user said that Mr Johnson was ‘hoping’ we would compare him to Winston Churchill, who was an avid painter 

Submissions for what the PM could have been painting include a werewolf persona, a wasp, random colours, and a bus.    

While Mr Johnson insists he remains working to solve Britain’s growing problems, he has been seen lounging around on the terrace of the luxury property with his hands behind his head.

He was also last night seen sketching an image of the sun setting over the Mediterranean Sea from the Andalusian hillside.  

Mr Johnson appears to share the hobby with his political hero, Sir Winston Churchill – a keen amateur artist himself, having created more than 500 paintings.

His appreciation for such artwork may have also stemmed from his late mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who was a painter.

Boris Johnson paints with children during a visit to The Discovery School in West Malling, Kent, in 2020

Boris Johnson paints with children during a visit to The Discovery School in West Malling, Kent, in 2020

Boris Johnson paints with children during a visit to The Discovery School in West Malling, Kent, in 2020

It was revealed ahead of Carrie’s move into No10 that Mr and Mrs Johnson relax by spending their evenings painting together, with some of their pieces hanging on the walls of her flat in South London.

The PM had sheltered from the 30 degree sunshine during the day but emerged as the temperature dropped.

The premier has faced criticism over the timing of his trip abroad, amid Britain’s continued fuel and energy crisis, along with the publication of a scathing report that laid bare a string of failures ministers made in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

But No10 and Government figures have defended his right to take a holiday this week, with Security Minister Damian Hinds saying it was ‘important for the whole country’ that its political leader has time to switch off.

He has also been spotted working at his laptop in between periods of relaxation and is being kept regularly updated on the ongoing work to address the current issues around fuel and supply chains, according to his spokesman.

Mr Johnson’s mother, who died last month following a long battle with Parkinson’s, had been described as an ‘astonishing self-taught artist’.

Boris Johnson sits and paints Tulips with children from Colham Manor primary school during a constituency visit on March 18, 2021 in Uxbridge

Boris Johnson sits and paints Tulips with children from Colham Manor primary school during a constituency visit on March 18, 2021 in Uxbridge

Boris Johnson sits and paints Tulips with children from Colham Manor primary school during a constituency visit on March 18, 2021 in Uxbridge

Mr Johnson appears to share the hobby with his political hero, Sir Winston Churchill - a keen amateur artist himself, having created more than 500 paintings

Mr Johnson appears to share the hobby with his political hero, Sir Winston Churchill - a keen amateur artist himself, having created more than 500 paintings

Mr Johnson appears to share the hobby with his political hero, Sir Winston Churchill – a keen amateur artist himself, having created more than 500 paintings

Ms Johnson Wahl painted stars such as Joanna Lumley and was hailed as the ‘supreme authority’ in the PM’s family.

Art had been a love of hers since her childhood, revealing to Tatler that her parents gifted her a set of oil paints when she was five.

‘I could handle them well and I immediately began to paint, without instruction. It was something I could make my own and be clever at. None of the others could paint’, she said.

She would go on to hold sell-out art shows in Brussels in the late 1970s, balancing her passion with home-schooling her four children.

The mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1982, aged 40, but was still determined to continue her career as an artist.

Speaking to the Telegraph in 2008, she said: ‘I try to paint every day if I possibly can, though I have to go to the hospital a lot.

‘I still manage to paint, though my arm will suddenly do a movement which is completely unintentional and that almost brings me to tears.’

She is said to have completed more than 2,000 pieces in her career and was the subject of an exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London in 2015.

Meanwhile, Britain’s wartime leader had an essay, ‘Painting as a Pastime’, published in The Strand Magazine in December 1921, highlighting how the hobby impacted on his career and life.

Sir Winston used painting as a helpful tool for battling his bouts of depression triggered by the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in the First World War in 1915.

He started off doing watercolours and then turned his attention to producing oil works, but was initially reluctant to part with them because he doubted their quality.

Mr Johnson has frequently taken advantage of photo opportunities to show off his artistic skills, picking up paintbrushes on visits to at least three primary schools over the last 18 months.

But while the PM took to his easel again this evening, pressure continued to grow on No10, with concerns remaining over the extent of the fuel and energy crisis which crippled the nation in recent weeks.

Industry bosses insisted tonight that petrol shortages are still serious in London and the South East – with 10 per cent of forecourts remaining empty.

Boris Johnson’s homages to Sir Winston Churchill  

Sir Winston Churchill was a keen amateur artist and created more than 500 paintings.  

Britain’s wartime leader had an essay, ‘Painting as a Pastime’, published in The Strand Magazine in December 1921, highlighting how the hobby impacted on his career and life.

Sir Winston used painting as a helpful tool for battling his bouts of depression triggered by the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in the First World War in 1915.

He started off doing watercolours and then turned his attention to producing oil works, but was initially reluctant to part with them because he doubted their quality.

Boris Johnson has frequently taken advantage of photo opportunities to show off his artistic skills, picking up paintbrushes on visits to at least three primary schools over the last 18 months.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Czech Republic's Deputy Foreign Minister Ivo Sramek go out onto a boating lake in a rowing boat before attending a lunch meeting with other European foreign ministers at the British Foreign Secretary's official residence Chevening House on October 15, 2017 in Chevening

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Czech Republic's Deputy Foreign Minister Ivo Sramek go out onto a boating lake in a rowing boat before attending a lunch meeting with other European foreign ministers at the British Foreign Secretary's official residence Chevening House on October 15, 2017 in Chevening

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Czech Republic’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ivo Sramek go out onto a boating lake in a rowing boat before attending a lunch meeting with other European foreign ministers at the British Foreign Secretary’s official residence Chevening House on October 15, 2017 in Chevening

Sir Winston Churchill used painting as a helpful tool for battling his bouts of depression triggered by the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in the First World War in 1915

Sir Winston Churchill used painting as a helpful tool for battling his bouts of depression triggered by the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in the First World War in 1915

Sir Winston Churchill used painting as a helpful tool for battling his bouts of depression triggered by the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in the First World War in 1915

Much has been said in the press about how Mr Johnson tries to mimic Sir Winston.

In Mr Johnson’s book, The Churchill Factor, he writes that Sir Winston became a saviour while not being condiered ‘what people thought of as a man of principle’.

Churchill was known for conducting diplomacy at Chartwell, his own country retreat. 

Mr Johnson, while foreign secretary, has been seen messing around on boats with Eastern European foreign ministers at Chevening, the minister’s grace and favour country estate, in October 2017.

Writing in Prospect Magazine in late 2017, author Sonia Purnell said: ‘Every campaign needs a manifesto and three years ago Johnson obliged with his book The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History. 

‘By the end of the short introduction—in which Johnson refers to himself more than 30 times—it was clear whom the author believes is the ‘One Man’ who can make history now.’   

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