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What will it mean for my health?

Being a Deputy is probably not great news for your health – but I guess that’s true of most work, so put this in some perspective. In my experience, it is difficult to make time to exercise or eat well, [...]

By |July 27th, 2020|

What will it mean for my family?

If you have a spouse or partner, or children old enough to understand, this is a conversation well worth having (probably several times) in the run-up to the Election. Here are some thoughts: Your family life is not generally dragged [...]

By |July 27th, 2020|

Will I be able to keep working?

I stopped working for my previous employer early on in the States term, because there was a lot of overlap between my States’ responsibilities and my other work, and I didn’t want to run into any conflicts of interest. That’s [...]

By |July 27th, 2020|

What’s the time commitment like?

It’s substantial. If you watch the States from the outside, you will have seen Deputies show up for a meeting every three or four weeks, spend two or three days in (often long-winded and repetitive) debate, and go home. But [...]

By |July 25th, 2020|

What if I need a reasonable adjustment?

I’d love to be able to say that the States is completely accessible, but the truth is that’s still quite a work in progress. But I am confident that the team supporting the States will do all they can to [...]

By |July 25th, 2020|

Can I cope with the stresses?

Most of us get to the end of four years and find it has taken some toll on our weight, our general health, and our happiness. It helps to come into this knowing it’s not an easy job (whatever people [...]

By |July 25th, 2020|

Can I afford it?

The basic rate of pay for Deputies was £36,009 a year at the start of this term. (Edited to add: I'm advised by the Treasury team that it will be £40,521 at the start of the new term. This is [...]

By |July 25th, 2020|

Am I old enough?

The law says you have to be at least 18 years old to stand for the States. And that’s it. It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 78. What matters is that you are prepared to commit the next four [...]

By |July 25th, 2020|

How much can I achieve?

Sometimes, you’ll be surprised how much of a positive impact you can have. A lot of the good stuff politicians do never really gets onto the public's radar, because it doesn't happen within the States. A lot of good, solid [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|

Couldn’t I be more effective on the outside?

Unfortunately, the narrow answer to this is yes – if there’s one particular issue you care about, then as a campaigner you can pour all your efforts into persuading the States to take action on, say, climate change, or housing, [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|

Am I ready to do it?

Only you can answer that. But remember, you will probably never feel ready. If everyone waited for the perfect moment in their lives, few would ever run for government. So try to ask yourself the question from another point of [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|

Do I know enough?

The honest answer is: “No, but that’s all right.” You might want to start by looking at some of the recent papers that the States has considered. You will find these online at gov.gg/StatesMeetings. (The collection of papers for a [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|