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Is a website useful?


I mean, I get a lot of use out of my website, so of course I’m going to say that. At the last Election, there were plenty of candidates who didn’t have websites, and it did them no harm. But I couldn’t imagine going into this Election without one.

I say that because the States manifesto and web page will be useful ways of introducing yourself to voters, but you are bound to want to tell them more about who you are and what you stand for.

You have options for doing that. You could take part in the various surveys, media supplements and so on that are bound to come out during the campaign period. You could print your own manifesto and post it (or deliver it – if you have a team!) out to Island households. Or you could make sure that your website is on every other bit of campaign material you have, so that voters who are interested in finding out more about you have somewhere to go.

If you have a website, you can explain your policies and principles in more detail. You can upload videos, audio, graphics or anything else you want to, and link to these from a range of social media accounts. You are the sole author and editor, so you can be confident that nothing you say will be misprinted or misrepresented.

Basically, I just think a website is an ideal one-stop-shop for voters who want to find out a bit more about you, and I would want to make the most of it in this Election campaign.  

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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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