Class warfare is popular in Britain, and the current Tory Chancellor inadvertently afforded Labourites a chance to mau-mau him by letting the Press catch sight of an expensive high-tech self-heating coffee mug (the Ember travel mug) sitting on his desk.
[[T]he current chancellor, Rishi Sunak, appears to have gone one step further in the traditional pre-budget photo opportunity by posing with a â€œsmart mugâ€ costing Â£180.
A series of snaps released by the Treasury show Sunak at work, with the expensive gadget on his desk as he pores over the details of the mini-budget he will deliver to the Commons on Wednesday.
The Ember travel mug, reportedly a gift from his wife, Akshata Murthy, the daughter of a billionaire businessman, retails for up to Â£179.95 online, with a product description boasting that it â€œdoes more than simply keep your coffee hotâ€.
It adds: â€œOur smart mug allows you to set an exact drinking temperature and keeps it there for up to three hours, so your coffee is never too hot, or too cold.â€ The 355ml mug is apparently dishwasher safe and even includes a charging coaster.
Rupert Hawksley, in the Spectator:
Rishi Sunak found himself in hot water last week, though fortunately it was not too hot. Just the right temperature, in fact. The Chancellor was photographed at his desk with a Â£180 â€˜smart mugâ€™, which keeps his drink somewhere between 50Â°C and 62.5Â°C for up to three hours on the move or indefinitely if placed on its charging coaster. Very sensible, you might think; but some thought the picture was revealing. Labour MP Beth Winter was quick to point out that her mug, turquoise and shaped like a dinosaur, had cost just Â£3. â€˜No wonder,â€™ Winter tweeted, â€˜he said no when I asked him this week about a wealth tax.â€™
It being Britain, they probably drink their horrible tea with milk out of it.