Why one rule for De La Rue?

Robert Strauss in a letter to the Financial Times:

Sir, After it was announced that the French company Gemalto would get the contract to print the new blue UK passports, De La Rue’s boss said on the BBC: “I’d like to ask Theresa May or Amber Rudd to come to my factory and explain to our dedicated workforce why this is a sensible decision to offshore the manufacture of a British icon.”

But his own website proudly states: “De La Rue’s products and services help countries to trade, companies to sell, economies to grow and people to move securely around the world.”

Why is it OK for De La Rue to produce passports, money and so on for other countries but unreasonable for another company when it is for the UK?

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