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How do I deal with vested interests?

When you are canvassing, you may meet people who clearly have some kind of business or financial interest in the States making a certain decision. You may be invited to presentations by organisations who have or want a commercial relationship with the States.

Remember that, if you are elected, you will be part of the States – that means you’ll be responsible for making sure that taxpayers’ money is handled with probity, and that we get good value for money from the contracts we have. It helps to bear this in mind when canvassing, so that you remain impartial and don’t make promises you may not be able to keep.

With people who have clear vested interests, as with anyone else, listen and learn. Treat people with respect and hear them out. During the campaign period, you are educating yourself as much as you are sharing your views with others. But remember that you are only hearing one side of a story. The States may not get things right as often as it should, but it probably also doesn’t get things wrong as often as those who would like a different outcome might say.

So listen; apply your own judgment; be cautious about what promises you can make while you are still a candidate; but if you come across anything that doesn’t seem right to you – an unfair relationship, or an opportunity missed – make a note of it, and look into it further once you have been elected.

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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.

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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