Tory Rishi Sunak posed for photographs with a £180 bluetooth coffee mug as Britain braced itself for a wave of coronavirus job losses.
Mr Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer in Boris Johnson’s “people’s government”, will tomorrow deliver a ‘mini budget’ speech, announcing proposals to avoid mass job losses following the coronavirus pandemic.
But in the traditional photographs issued the night before such an address, showing the Chancellor working on the text of the speech, a large black flask is visible on his Treasury desk.
The drinking vessel is a travel mug made by Ember, who say they make the world’s first temperature control mugs.
The flask allows the user to dial in a particular temperature for their beverage, which will be maintained using a heating element for up to three hours.
It’s controlled by bluetooth, comes with a “charging coaster”, and costs around £180.
It’s thought he was given the mug by his wife as a Christmas gift.
And it’s not the first time Mr Sunak has been spotted with the flashy flask
He was spotted in May, carrying it down Downing Street.
The high tech drinkware is a bit of a departure from former Chancellor Philip Hammond, who drank from an Emma Bridgewater mug, given to him by Theresa May.
It had “Chancellor” written on the side.
But before him, George Osborne drew criticism for his “posh choices” on the eve of a financial spech.
Ahead of the 2013 Comprehensive Spending Review, Osborne tweeted a picture of himself enjoying a fancy Byron Burger as he and aides worked on the speech.
The cheapest Byron Burger is £6.75, 1/26 of the cost of an Ember travel mug.