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What if there’s just one main thing I care about?

I think you stand a much better chance under island-wide voting than you ever would have done in district elections.

At district level, if you just appealed to people about one thing, you would never have gotten the amount of votes you’d need to be elected. At island level – depending on the issue you focus on – you just might. (It would still be a gamble, though.)

But I would never recommend basing your campaign on one issue alone. I still think you’ll need to convince people on a number of fronts – not just to prove that you’re interested in the same things as them, but also to demonstrate that you’ll be a competent member of government, capable of participating in a diverse range of debates.

(The other side of that is, if there really is only one thing you’re interested in, is politics the right job for you? By definition, the majority of your time is going to be taken up with things that aren’t that issue, as you’re engaged across the whole range of government business. It’s okay to have priorities for your term – I certainly did – but you also need to be prepared to get stuck in to whatever comes your way.)

Don’t be afraid to tell voters about your priorities. I think your manifesto can tell your story and explain your priorities much more directly than perhaps was possible in previous elections. But you do need to give voters enough substance, on a broad enough range of things, that they know you will be a good States Member all round, as well as a passionate champion of the things you care for most.

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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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