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What If People Want To Meet Face-to-Face?

There are different types of face-to-face meetings – and of course, any kind of face-to-face meeting depends on not having a pandemic in full force. You might have Committee drop-ins or something equivalent to ‘parish surgeries’ – an opportunity for anyone to drop in and discuss the issues that are concerning them. I’m not sure drop-ins without a focus work especially well – public consultations and debates on specific topics tend to be much more effective at engaging people – but if you find them helpful, then by all means organise and/or attend them.

The other kind of face-to-face meeting is when a constituent wants to meet with you in person, rather than discussing an issue by phone or email. You don’t have to say yes to meeting anyone face-to-face, especially if you are concerned about your safety in doing so. When you start in the States, you’ll be given some guidance about ‘lone working’ – if you do decide to meet up with someone you don’t know, take precautions to keep yourself safe. Make sure someone knows where you are. Organise a meeting in a public place – if the discussion is not too private – or book a room in a States’ building, preferably with a window in the door so others could see if the situation suddenly escalated.

Guernsey is a very safe place, and most people are completely decent and well-intentioned, but the nature of being a politician is that sometimes you’ll meet people who hate you ‘just because’ (because they don’t like your face or they don’t like your ideals, and you’re a public figure, so you don’t have to be shown any grace) and sometimes you’ll help people through the most complicated and distressing times in their lives. Even in Guernsey, people can be unpredictable, and emotions can run high. It is always wise to be careful.

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: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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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.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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