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Cluedo Election Debate briefing


Cluedo is a murder mystery board game that was popular in the 1950s-1980s.

You don’t need to know anything about the game itself to take part in the Cluedo Election Debate, we’ve just borrowed the character names.

The aim of the evening is to explore what makes a good politician – while having some fun.

The candidates

In the original game, the characters are:

Miss Scarlett – femme fatale
Colonel Mustard – military officer
Mrs White – cook and housekeeper
Professor Plum – absent-minded professor
Mrs Peacock – grande dame
Reverend Green – anglican priest

In the game, the Colonel, Professor and Reverend are men, but you are completely at liberty to play them as whatever gender you wish.

The characters have been adapted in various ways over the years for plays and films (see: and, while giving a nod to the original, you can let your imagination run free to create your own backstory.

The Rounds

Round One – 3 minutes each

Each character will take three minutes explain to the audience why they have the traits required to be an effective member of the States. Mrs Peacock might talk about her long life experience, Mrs White might refer to the organisational skills required to run a household.

The audience will then ask questions, of all the candidates or just one.

Round Two – 3 minutes each

Each candidate will have up to 3 minutes to explain their policies. You must explain what you would do to address the housing crisis in Guernsey, plus one or two policies of your own choosing.

The audience will then ask further questions.

The decision

The audience will be given voting slips and will choose which character they would like to see elected in a secret ballot.


The event was created by Susie and will be chaired by Shelaine. If you have any questions, please send Shelaine a WhatsApp.

Thank you for taking part!


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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