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What Should I Wear?

Oh, don’t ask me! The States has a dress code – I think it’s basically “office smart”, interpret that as you want. I’m not sure if it’s written down anywhere. I’m not sure it matters. I didn’t try and get rid of it during my two years on SACC (which is the Committee most likely to be responsible for such things) because we had bigger fish to fry – mostly delivering the General Election – but I do think it’s fairly trivial and unnecessary.

There are certainly aspects of the dress code that need to go, as soon as possible. Most importantly, the ridiculous business of asking the Presiding Officer for permission – which may or may not be granted – before jackets can be removed. There are all sorts of reasons why a person may need to remove their jacket (hot flushes, illness, pregnancy, discomfort, disability…), none of which are the Presiding Officer’s business. Even leaving that aside, a roomful of adults – the government, no less – having to ask permission from “teacher” before they can take their jackets off is, well, ridiculous. Sorry I didn’t do anything about it last term. Please make it your business to knock it on the head.

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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