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Sasha’s rollercoaster States meeting


The June States meeting was an absolute rollercoaster for Deputy Sasha Kazantseva-Miller.

First, she successfully put Deputy Carl Meerveld on the spot with an ‘urgent question’ (Rule 12). See Bailiwick Express article: Sacc boss accused of ‘instigating conduct investigation’.

Then, in the Harbours debate, she placed her first ever amendments. She won one of them by a vote of 25 to 11 which is no mean feat for a newbie.

However, amendments just change the wording of what’s being proposed. Those propositions still have to be agreed by the States in the main debate. The final vote on her amended proposition was tied 17-17.

Tied votes are counted as lost, effectively throwing her amendment back out again.

You can read her reaction in this Bailiwick Express article: Two wasted days – was there a point in turning up? and P&R’s justification for their actions here: Compromise agreement salvaged harbours debate – P&R.


Additional Bailiwick Express articles:

£360m harbour ‘revolution’ sinks in the States.


Photo and link to Bailiwick Express article: Sacc Boss accused of 'instigating conduct investigation'.

Photo and link to Bailiwick Express article: 'Two wasted days - was there a point turning up?'

Photo and link to Bailiwick Express article: £360m harbour 'revolution' sinks in the States

Photo and link to Bailiwick Express article: Compromise agreement salvaged harbours debate.

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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