Show me the money Britain's new man in Hong Kong seems to be wasting no time getting his feet under the table. Stephen Bradley, who replaced the avuncular Sir James Hodge as consul-general, is an old Hong Kong hand, having in an earlier life served as a political adviser to the colonial administration. As such, his choice of which local notable to meet first has raised eyebrows in diplomatic circles. With Hong Kong convulsed by the winds of political change, you might think he would have dropped in on Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa or even Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to take the popular pulse. Instead, Lai See hears Mr Bradley's first outing was a pow-wow with tycoon Li Ka-shing. Some might argue that the Cheung Kong chairman is the real power behind the throne in Hong Kong and Mr Bradley was simply cutting to the chase. To be fair, Mr Li is also a rather big investor in Britain. Still, the days of London politicos thumbing a nose at grubby merchant types seem long past. 'Show me the money' looks to be the new Hong Kong protocol. Fast buck routine In an effort to raise stockbroking standards, China has announced securities management must be rotated every three years. This seems a routine in Japan's brokerages. The difference is in the details. In Japan, executives are on the management fast track; in China, rotation is because executives are on a fast buck - every three years, someone new gets a chance to scam clients and accounts. Or to stop the scamming of client accounts.