Politics Group Share your interest in Guernsey politics
Politics in Guernsey is as fascinating as it is frustrating. The States deals with all the issues of a small country but in an environment where the people and the processes are easily accessible.
If you like to follow the issues of the day, you’ll love the Women in Public Life Politics Group.
You don’t need to be a politics nerd. And it doesn’t matter which side of the fence your political views are. You’re just someone who cares about how the island is run and wants to share that interest with others in a welcoming, respectful environment.
It’s free and there are two ways to get involved:
As a member of our Politics WhatsApp group, you’ll be alerted when a States meeting is coming up. And, for the big debates, you’ll get live updates on the content of each speech and the results of the votes – really useful if you can’t listen in.
We’ll also let you know when we are going to be watching from the public gallery so you can join us, if you’re free. Watching our democracy in action – the protocol and the body language – is highly recommended.
In between States debates, you’ll hear about other relevant events – public drop-ins, Scrutiny hearings, IoD debates. Seen something interesting in the news? Got a political question someone might be able to help with? You can feel free to share and comment.
Interested? To join our Politics WhatsApp group, just email your mobile number to email@example.com.
Please note: Joining any WhatsApp group means your name and mobile number will be visible to other members of the group.
Having got to know each other through the Politics WhatApp group, a number of us now get together monthly to talk about local politics.
Politics Group Live is like a bookclub – we pick a current hot topic, do some reading beforehand (you’ll get briefing notes to make this easy) and then get around a table on a weekday evening to explore the issues together.
It’s an opportunity to articulate your views and learn from the different perspectives in a friendly and respectful environment. Newcomers are always made very welcome.
Interested? Join our Politics WhatsApp group, as above, and look out for regular invitations to ‘Politics Group Live’ sessions.
What happens at a Politics Group Live meeting?
Politics Group Live works on the same principle as a bookclub. But instead of a book, we get together to discuss a big issue that the States is currently trying to decide on. Recently we’ve explored the pros and cons of the new Development Agency, the Tax Review, Anti-Discrimination Legislation and the Justice Review.
It’s an opportunity to articulate your views and learn from the different perspectives around the table. One person may have picked up on an aspect of the topic you hadn’t even considered, someone else may have direct experience of the way the same thing is done in another jurisdiction.
Once we’ve digested the issue itself we turn to the technicalities of how the debate is likely to unfold in the States. What amendments have been placed and what are their prospects of success? Why are certain Deputies supportive and others not – is there a bigger agenda?
And finally, we consider how we would each vote and why.
Who organises the Politics Group Live sessions?
We have a small organising committee – Shelaine Green, Susie Gallienne, Sarah Willis and Linda Rolf. The committee chooses the topics, writes the briefing notes, books the venues, invites everyone and takes turns to chair the sessions.
Where do Politics Group Live meetings take place?
Some of the sessions are in-person, some are by Zoom so people can join in from home. The in-person sessions are around a table, usually in one of the smaller meeting rooms at the Cotils. There’ll be water in the room or you can buy something at the bar.
How much does it cost?
Nothing. We’re keen to make politics accessible to everyone.
How do I book a place?
The dates and topics of the sessions are advertised on the Politics WhatsApp Group. Just drop Shelaine a WhatsApp message to book your place.
Why do I need to book?
We set a maximum number of people at each session to make sure everyone gets a chance to join in the discussion fully. So book early if you don’t want to miss out on your preferred date.
How many people take part?
There are usually 8 or 9 people around the table at each session. Currently we offer two sessions a month and you can choose whichever one is more convenient to you, the topic will be the same. We intend to grow the number of sessions as more people get involved.
I don’t like to use WhatsApp, can I still come to Politics Group Live?
We’re happy let you know the dates of the Politics Group Live session by email instead. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you’d prefer not to use WhatsApp. Obviously, you’ll miss out on the live reports on States meetings etc.
To help get you up to speed, we put together a briefing note for every topic we discuss at Politics Group Live.
Here are the ones from past discussions:
Island wide voting review
January and February 2023:
Tax review – phase 2
Population & immigration policy review
Government Work Plan
Tax review – phase 1
Mahoney’s plans for States property