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PGL It doesn’t have to be this way


Suggestions for change from our Politics Group Live sessions

From 17 May session
From 23 May session


In the chamber

Film the States and broadcast live (referenced in both sessions).

Official monitoring of Deputies comings and goings from the chamber.

Go back to paper note passing, not online messaging, so it’s more visible.

No written speeches, just verbalise your points.

Hold Deputies who haven’t read Billets and committee papers to account.

Encourage more people to come and watch States meetings.

Stop the chatter between deputies, can’t hear the speeches.

Bring in clearer rules for debate like the ones used for a debate competition.


Presiding Officer

Encourage the Presiding Officer to be firmer.

Create a code of conduct for the Presiding Officer.

Better training for Presiding Officer regarding bullying.

Create a ‘yellow/red’ card system for the Presiding Officer to enforce discipline.



Aptitude tests for candidates – can they plough through a Billet (with support if have access needs).

Recruit better people.

Vetting of candidates.

More representation in the States of people who aren’t wealthy, people who have dealt with real community problems.

More representation for young people, LGBT, other nationalities.

Political parties, therefore more effective assignment of President roles.

Political parties, therefore better filtering of candidates.



Every manifesto should include a CV.

Take names/photos off manifestos, assess candidates blind.

Publish comprehensive data on what was in manifesto and how the Deputy voted.



Bring back door to door canvassing.

More door knocking, happens in the UK for constituencies larger than Guernsey.


Training – Deputies

Induction training should be compulsory.

Train Deputies on the behaviour expected of a States member.

Review competency as you would in a business.


Training – voters

Citizenship lessons in schools.

Give voters more understanding of the pressures Deputies face.

Voters and Deputies to take responsibility for behaviour. If see bullying, step in. Complicit if you don’t.

Demand better – of ourselves as voters as well as Deputies.

Encourage more people to join the electoral roll, and to vote.

Voter awareness campaigns eg ‘Why I vote’.

Make newcomers more aware they can register to vote after two years’ residency.


Machinery of government

Match civil service structure to committee structure.

Give Presidents more authority to manage behaviour of committee members.

Bring in a petition system like UK – public can raise issues, will be debated if sufficient signatures.

Bring in a petition system like Jersey – backbenchers can raise issues for debate.

Proportional representation.



Deputies to talk direct to media, more authentic. Not via spokespeople.

Media to take more responsibility to educate the public.



Voters need to demand better, we are the employer.

Strong code of conduct with enforcement.

Code of conduct to be clear what Deputies should be doing, not just what they shouldn’t.

Bring back links to parishes (whilst keeping island-wide voting)

Get rid of island wide voting.

Run customer surveys to rate interaction with Deputies, like the ones we fill in for bank staff.


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.

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