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It doesn't have to be this way - 12 June 2023 


On 12 June 2023, Women in Public Life hosted ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. Making Guernsey politics work better for everyone’ at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts.

Our guest speaker was Jennifer Nadel, co-founder of Compassion in Politics. Panel members were Deputy Heidi Soulsby MBE, governance specialist Perrin Carey and Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen.

It was an important debate on the future of Guernsey politics, with lots of questions and suggestions from the audience, generating numerous ideas for change including:

– asking the Bailiff to be stricter
– a Code of Behaviour for Deputies, not just a Code of Conduct
– filming States meetings
– follow-up training and mentorship for new Deputies
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On this page are Paul Chambers‘ wonderful  photos of the event. Plus video highlights from OnScreen Creations (full video being edited, will be added soon).

Ideas and solutions

Numerous ideas to improve Guernsey politics were generated during the panel discussion, by the audience in the foyer and in Jennifer’s presentation.

In addition, in May, our Politics Group Live discussions focused on ‘It doesn’t have to be this way’. You can read the additional ideas from those sessions HERE.

These brilliant ideas won’t do themselves. If any of them strike a chord with you, feel free to take it forward.

Photo gallery

All photos courtesy of Jackson Chambers Photography.

Video highlights

The event was recorded in full, thanks to the kind sponsorship of JML Compliance Solutions.

Here are seven important moments (the full video is below):

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Full event video

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Shelaine’s intro speech: 0.00
Jennifer Nadel presentation: 8:37
Expert panel discussion: 43:10
Audience questions: 1:07:30

Subtitled version to follow shortly.



Event video kindly sponsored by JML Compliance Solutions.

Produced by OnScreen Creations.

Footage of the Speaker attempting to control an unruly House of Commons has been removed from Jennifer Nadel’s presentation for copyright reasons. You can watch it separately here.

In the media

John Fernandez’s interview with Jennifer Nadel at 3:16:18.

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: 

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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