David Cameron said Tuesday that he is deeply concerned about Britain's former colony Hong Kong where pro-democracy protesters hit the streets this weekend. He added that he feels a deep obligation towards Hong Kong and hopes the situation will be resolved soon.
Shame he has no such thoughts about true democracy in Britain.
At the Tory party conference Home SecretaryTheresa May has announced reform that will bite into the remnants of democracy in the UK.
Using the guise of perceived terror threats she plans to restrict public speaking and allow the police more powers to snoop on Internet users.
Most rights groups fear the laws will be used to target any anti-government talk.
Ms May will ban hate preachers from spreading their venom at public meetings and usher in laws that will allow future governments to stop anti-establishment speakers along the way.
The Tories attempted to implement a gagging law in 2014 which in the end was watered down but is still festering away.
A great deal will depend on the results of the 2015 General Election and if the Tories can secure a win and with a good majority. As they have also announced a wave of more austerity measures at their conference this week it almost looks as if they do not want a win. But of course in truth it is simply that they are trying to appeal to the hard right of the UK, those who defected to Ukip and are still doing so and their loyal hard-right supporters.
They want a real return to their popular name, the Nasty Party of the UK.
The devil is always in the detail so before you applaud Ms May, in light of beheadings in Syria and Iraq, take note - the law will include anyone who seeks to "overthrow democracy".
That definition encompasses many groups in the UK via the Internet and in the real world.
So before Cameron gets on his high horse about democracy in other countries perhaps he should look closer to home.
Before the latest push to win approval for a third war in Iraq Anjem Choudary and others were arrested in the UK on suspicion of being members of a banned extremist group. They were released 48 hours later.
But the media had had helped whip up more fear in the UK assisting the vote in the Commons Friday. A double blessing for the Tories was it was almost on the eve of their annual conference helping their announcements this week appear right and sensible.
Later today conference is set to hear an announcement that terrorists who train in Syria and Pakistan will be jailed for life, presumably if they return to the UK.
What we the people of Britain should remember is this though - once such powers are in place they can be used by any government to silence public opposition. Do we really need to allow that at this time?