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Should I Be Accessible On Social Media?

Social media is a mixed blessing. You have much more direct access to (some) voters and they have more access to you. That can be really helpful for seeing different perspectives and helping people to resolve problems.

On the other hand, social media allows us to forget that the people we are talking to (or about) are human, and people can behave very badly to each other. Conversations on social media happen in public, so – more often than not – both participants are performing for an audience, rather than listening to each other. The chance of having a meaningful conversation that changes your position, or someone else’s, via social media is very slim. If you are going to be on social media, there’s a lot to be said for listening more than you speak.

You do need to be accessible – to the public, to the media, to your fellow Deputies. But none of that means you are obliged to be on social media. You might find – I did – that social media makes you miserable and absorbs a lot of your time, but doesn’t make you more informed or better at your job. If that’s the case, then maybe don’t do it.

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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