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George Osborne's Dad Wants A £19,000 Desk

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George Osborne's father has risked embarrassing his son by giving details of his lavish lifestyle in an interview.
George Osborne's father has risked embarrassing his son by giving details of his lavish lifestyle in an interview.

George Osborne's father has risked embarrassing his son by giving details of his lavish lifestyle in an interview.

Sir Peter Osborne told the Financial Times' How To Spend It magazine that he was planning on buying a £19,000 desk.

The Baronet, who co-founded prestigious wallpaper and fabric firm Osborne & Little, also discussed his love of exclusive holiday destination Mustique and Savile Row suits.

The comments emerged with the Chancellor struggling to shrug off Labour criticism for cutting the 50p top tax rate for high earners.
In the FT, Sir Peter said one of his favourite recent purchases was a Tahiti lamp by Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, which he got from auction house Christie's.

"The thing I'm eyeing next is a wonderful Fornasetti Architettura Trumeau desk at Themes & Variations," he added. The magazine lists the price of the item as "from £19,000".

The businessman described Mustique as an "unforgettable place".

"I was lent a villa by an Italian friend and we went with some of our family in January," he said.

Sir Peter insisted his sense of style in clothes was "very poor". His "personal style signifier" was a navy-blue, off-the-peg-suit from Savile Row tailor Richard James, and a tie from renowned Paris designer Charvet.

Labour backbencher John Mann said the interview showed why the Budget had been so heavily criticised.

"Clearly we are not all in it together," he said. "George Osborne does not know how the vast majority of the country live.

"He has got no idea about people's daily lives. This lack of experience of the real world is why his Budget has been such a disaster."