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What if I really can’t do this right now?

You’ve thought about running for Election. You’ve had all the conversations you need to have. You’ve worked out the financial implications, and what it would mean for your current work or your future career. You’ve thought about what it could mean for your health and wellbeing, and for your family’s.

And you just don’t feel you can do it right now.

That’s okay.

Politics isn’t for everyone. For some people, it’s never going to be the right choice. For others, it feels like it could be an option when things are different, but not right now.

There are lots of other ways to make a difference in your community, and you might well be involved in many of them already. But because these posts are about politics, I’m going to concentrate on a handful of other things you could do to enrich local democracy, if you don’t feel that standing for the States is the right thing for you.

First, there are some very practical things you can do to make sure that the Election itself is a success. You can encourage family, friends and neighbours to register to vote.

A lot of the things that happen on Election Day and in the run-up to it rely on volunteers in order to run smoothly. If you think you could help out at a polling station, or otherwise get involved, you could contact the Election team to see if there’s anything you could help with.

Alternatively, you could concentrate on supporting other candidates for Election. You will need to understand what you can and can’t do – there are rules about Election spending, and it is illegal for other people to spend money promoting a particular candidate. (There will be guidance on the Election website about this.) But you can volunteer to help out as a friend – you could be part of a team stuffing envelopes, for example, or dropping leaflets through letterboxes, if that’s what the candidate you support wants to do.

The need for politicians to have supporters they can rely on doesn’t stop on Election day. Things like practical assistance with admin or research, or straightforward moral support, continue to be needed throughout the States’ term. I’m writing a section on Community which takes a look at the different kinds of support that Deputies need – and which maybe you might want to provide.

There are many different aspects to democracy – standing for the States is a pretty central one, but it is not the only one. If you’ve decided it’s not for you, perhaps you could consider some of these options instead?

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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.

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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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