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Politics Group Share your interest in Guernsey politics

Introduction

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 a woman 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:

1. Politics WhatsApp Group

2. Politics Group Live

Politics WhatsApp groups

Politics – Info

As a member of our ‘Politics – Info’ 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.

Politics – Discussion

Keen to discuss the issues of the day? Got a political question someone might be able to help with? We have an additional WhatsApp group called ‘Politics – Discussion’ where you can debate local politics online with other politically-minded Guernsey women. (Optional)

Interested?  Just email your mobile number to hello@womeninpubliclife.gg, stating whether you’d like to be part of the Info group or the Discussion group, or both.

Please note: 1) Joining any WhatsApp group means your name and mobile number will be visible to other members of the group. 2) Be alert to WhatsApp scams – beware of messages from family members saying they are on a new number because they’ve dropped their phone.

Guide to the Politics WhatsApp Groups

Politics Group Live

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.

 

In the media

In June 2023, Matt Fallaize from the Guernsey Press interviewed Daisy Chapple, Susie Gallienne and Christine Potter, three members of the Politics Group. Online version.

FAQs

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 affordable housing, the code of conduct for States members and the Government Work Plan.

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 and Linda Rolf. The committee chooses the topics, writes the briefing notes, books the venues, invites everyone and chairs the sessions.

Where do Politics Group Live meetings take place?

Most of the sessions are in-person but, if requested, we can also meet on Zoom so people can join in from home. The in-person sessions are around a table in a room at the Cotils or in a meeting room at a local business.

How much does it cost?

Nothing. We’re keen to make politics accessible.

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 hello@womeninpubliclife.gg 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.

Briefing notes

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:

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.

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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: data.ipu.org) 

Are you from South Africa? Please email hello@womeninpubliclife.gg 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. 

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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: data.ipu.org) 

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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