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Security minister takes a jab at David Cameron 

David Cameron with with Sebastien Lai, son of Jimmy Lai. Credit: @FCDOGovUK via X/Twitter

David Cameron probably wasn’t expecting to be trolled by his own security minister when he posed for his latest photo. The Foreign Secretary was photographed with Sebastien Lai, whose father Jimmy Lai remains imprisoned in Hong Kong. ‘The UK opposes the National Security Law and will continue to stand by Jimmy Lai and the people of HK,’ the tweet from the Foreign Office account said.

But the FCDO’s assurance didn’t go down well with everyone. Security minister Tom Tugendhat couldn’t resist taking a jab, tweeting: ‘I guess the golden era is over.’ Miaow…

Mr S can’t blame Tugendhat for being confused. Cameron was, after all, famously pictured in 2015 having a pint with CCP autocrat Xi Jinping in a bid to smooth relations between the countries. Cosy links between Cameron and China are something hawkish Tories have raised concerns about — not least because of the enthusiastic reaction Cameron’s appointment was received with by Chinese state media… 

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