The problem with helping ease a man out of office is that you may find you like his successor even less. That, to judge by his blistering review of Chris Patten's book East and West, was what Jardine Matheson chairman Henry Keswick discovered after he had expended so much political energy shortening the career of the hapless Lord Wilson. Writing in the British magazine, The Spectator, Mr Keswick blames Mr Patten's own vanity, ambition and self-seeking for his failure to negotiate more democracy for Hong Kong. The taipan says the Governor was too inflexible and inexperienced in diplomacy, made too few friends with any knowledge of Asia and committed the fatal mistake of announcing his reform plan before visiting Beijing. He fails to mention the Chinese attacks on Jardines and its opium-smuggling past in the months that followed Mr Patten's initial proposals. Instead, he says 'the Scottish merchants who have traded on the China coast for 170 years [read: Jardines] are made of 'sterner stuff' than Mr Patten's daughters who cried when they left Hong Kong'. They are, he writes, 'still in Hong Kong today and did not sail away with the Prince of Wales in the Britannia'. That may seem a little rich, coming from the taipan of the company that showed its lack of confidence by moving its domicile to Bermuda in the months before the 1984 Joint Declaration, and by delisting from the Hong Kong stock market in the run-up to the handover. Mr Keswick also takes exception to Mr Patten's displays of religious conviction, taking a neat sideswipe at the crucifix displayed in the Governor's office 'to remind the visitor of his Catholicism'. He should have left it there. Instead he remarks that the Governor did not do too much for 'the 200,000 Catholic Filipino maids who have no proper place for Mass in their leisure time in Hong Kong'. Jardines' Hongkong Land, it may be remembered, did so much more, closing off the area around Jardine House and other Central buildings, to make sure they had nowhere to sit either.