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3.1 Principles

Part Three – Everything Else
(Section 1: Principles)

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How do I work out what matters to me?
Am I left or right wing, or in the centre?
Is there a name for my political views?

How do my values influence my decisions?
Should I reflect my values in the language I use?

How well do I need to understand economics?
Do I need to prioritise the finance sector?

How can my values shape the policies we make?
How can my values shape the laws we make?
Can I always vote with my conscience?
How do I choose between two bad things?

How important is loyalty?
How important is my personal reputation?

How do I work out what trade-offs I can live with?
Is there ever an easy decision?
How do I deal with compromising my values?

What does it mean to work in an inclusive way?
I’m in over my head – what can I do?

Go on to Section 3.2: Self Care

Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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