Media 5 July 2019 WATCH: Boris Johnson’s example of sacrifice in the national interest is his SALARY “It is obviously possible to make more money by not being a full-time politician.” Channel 4 News screengrab Money trouble. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up When asked what he’s sacrificed in the national interest, old Etonian and multi-salaried politician Boris Johnson’s first answer was that he could have been even richer if he’d chosen a different career. Qu: “Can you give an example in your political life when you’ve set your own self-interest aside for the benefit of the country?” Johnson: “Well, it’s a good question, but I would, obviously it’s an embarrassing but true, but it is obviously possible, I mean, how should I put this? To make more money by not being a full-time politician. I don’t want to put too fine a point on it, but, err, you know, you have to make sacrifices sometimes, and that is the right thing to do.” For the reader’s knowledge, Johnson, already from a wealthy family (whose former home was up for sale at £11.25 million last year), earns £79,468 as an MP, and £275,000 a year from writing his weekly Daily Telegraph column (work that averages out at £2,291 an hour). Watch it here: "It is obviously possible to make more money by not being a full-time politician." That was Boris Johnson's response after being asked when he'd set aside his own self-interest for the benefit of the country. pic.twitter.com/60u8hqOTmZ — Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) July 5, 2019 › How Britain fell in love with the tote bag – and why it’s a dangerous fiction I'm a mole, innit. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!