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How should I respond to questions from the media?

As with questions from voters, just try and answer honestly and to the best of your ability. Your answers are going to be read or heard by lots of different people – some will be excited to hear what you say, and others will be unimpressed. Don’t worry about that too much: you can’t please everyone, and it is better to be frank than to tie yourself in knots trying to do so.

Remember that the media are likely to be working to fairly tight deadlines, so try and respond promptly to questions if you can. There will be limits depending on the format – if you’re told you’ve got two minutes to record a message to voters, then draft a script for yourself and read it through to make sure it’s not longer than two minutes. If you are asked to reply to a question in 50 words or less, then stick to that word limit.

That way, you won’t run the risk of having the end of your last sentence cut off and looking a bit silly, and you won’t start off on the wrong foot with the people who are going to be covering the next four years of your political career!

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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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