How awful a politician are you? Take HK Magazine’s quiz to find out whether you’re a well-meaning, rational lawmaker, a cynical vulture riding a wave of outraged public opinion, or just a nasty piece of work. 1. The consequences of the actions of a single individual in another country have resulted in harm to your people. What do you do? a) Understand that the actions of one person are chaotic, desperate and sad, but you can’t hold it against their parent country. b) Offer support, love and understanding for all sufferers of this tragedy. c) Threaten to sanction the hell out of their economy, which is dependent on yours. 2. Looks like the tide of public opinion is turning against that country. What do you do? a) Attempt to defuse tensions by using your platform to engage in reasoned logical debate. You are a politician, after all. b) Take advantage of your platform to score points against your opponents. You are a politician, after all. c) Take advantage of the inherent xenophobia of your grassroots voter base to increase your own popularity, by threatening sanctions until the country bends to your will. You are a politician, after all. 3. Logic and reason have flown out of the window, and now for some reason, people are suggesting imposing visa restrictions on a country that exports crucial labor to your own. What’s your reaction? a) Reasonably point out that this is a mutually beneficial relationship, and let’s be honest—we get more out of it. b) Agree to listen to public concerns, aware that we’re all jumping on a bandwagon here. c) You’re delighted. Another opportunity to impose delectable sanctions out of spite, because the other country won’t do what you want! 4. A horrific storm, the strongest in history, has lashed the country, killing tens of thousands and leaving hundreds of thousands more without food, water or shelter. You: a) Help them, of course. b) Help them. Great with the tai tai vote. c) Impose a few extra sanctions, to be on the safe side. 5. Aid is pouring in from countries around the world. The country in question is one of your country’s closest neighbors. You: a) Set aside your squabbling and give what you can. b) Realize that this looks pretty bad in the eyes of the international community and let it slide. For now. c) SANCTIONS SANCTIONS SANCTIONS SANCTIONS. SANCTIONS!!!!! Mostly a) For better or worse, you are indeed a politician. Good for you…? Mostly b) You are pretty cynical. Congratulations! Have you considered joining the DAB? Mostly c) You are an awful person. You are guaranteed a long and successful political career. Donate to the Red Cross’s Tyhoon Haiyan relief efforts at www.redcross.org.hk or at any 7-Eleven.