Have a drink with Aud­ley Shaw

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Wouldn’t it be cool to have an ice-cold beer with Aud­ley Shaw? Or per­haps wine. Well, what­ever the bev­er­age, there is a good chance you can do so, for a cost.

There is cur­rently a Ja­maica Labour Party-led on­line cam­paign which is aimed at giv­ing per­sons a chance to do just that.

But there is a catch. To have a chance of hav­ing a drink with Shaw, you must have a credit card and make a com­mit­ment to do­nate to the party.

And Shaw is not the only man on the mar­ket. Sim­i­lar of­fers are there for JLP Leader Andrew Hol­ness, who is the coun­try’s prime min­is­ter, and his wife, Juliet.

By just en­ter­ing the on­line com­pe­ti­tion, per­sons can win a din­ner date with Andrew Hol­ness or a chance to tour Ja­maica with Juliet Hol­ness.

“We are us­ing it to give peo­ple that op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with us. It is not just about meet­ing them as well, it is about get­ting con­nec­tions with peo­ple so we can reach out to peo­ple, so you can dis­cuss poli­cies,” JLP’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion spe­cial­ist, Robert Mor­gan, said.

Adamant that this is not a stunt to woo vot­ers for the up­com­ing lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, Mor­gan said the pro­mo­tion is aimed at in­creas­ing en­gage­ment with per­sons and to ex­pand the sup­port base.

“It is not some­thing for any elec­tion or any­thing, it is a long-term ini­tia­tive about build­ing en­gage­ment and build­ing our con­tact with per­sons on a per­sonal level,” Mor­gan said.

The JLP has not out­lined any cri­te­ria for win­ning a date with its lead­ers, but Mor­gan said that the rules are sim­ple.

“We are not dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing be­tween peo­ple of po­lit­i­cal colours. Ev­ery­body has a fair chance of win­ning. Once you have en­tered, re­gard­less of your back­ground, re­gard­less of whether you live in Ja­maica or you live in the di­as­pora, the only re­quire­ment is that you must have the in­ter­est of Ja­maica at heart,” Mor­gan said.

Prime Min­is­ter Andrew Hol­ness (left) chats with Aud­ley Shaw, min­is­ter of fi­nance.

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