Sunday, October 04, 2009

Marr ducks the question of Cameron’s schizophrenia pills

I’m disappointed by Andrew Marr’s interview with David Cameron today, compared with the Gordon Brown one last week.

Marr, of course, had asked Brown about whether he was popping pills. This followed a bout of online gossip based on the supposed observation that Brown wasn’t having any chianti and cheese – which you have to avoid if you’re taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors, sometimes used for treating depression.

I have observed that Cameron has not been operating any heavy machinery lately. This naturally leads me to suspect that he might be using chlorpromazine, a powerful antipsychotic drug, most often used for the treatment of schizophrenia. When on this medication, you aren’t supposed to operate heavy machinery.

I think the question of whether our aspirant prime minister is being treated for this serious mental condition is very much in the public interest. But did Marr ask? Did he hell.

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