$2,200 will bag exclusive dinner with premier

| 03/11/2017 | 55 Comments
Cayman News Service

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin

(CNS): Anyone who wants to get the ear of the country’s leader while enjoying a posh dinner can have exclusive access to the premier later this month if they are willing to part with $2,200 for a party of eight to dine at his table. It might be some three and a half years before the next election, but the PPM is throwing a fundraising dinner this month. The party is hoping its wealthier supporters are willing to part with some cash to fill the party coffers in exchange for access to their elected member, while enjoying food and jazz at Grand Old House.

While dining with the premier and seven other guests will set a donor back $2,200, dinner at a table with other elected Progressive members will cost just $2,000 for a party of eight, while dinner without the pleasure of a politician at your table is $1,500 for eight diners or $150 per head.

The party fundraiser is scheduled for 22 November. Bookings should be made by 15 November.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    And to see Will Smith at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit 2018 will have a price tag of US$2,625! The public should feel utterly insulted as there should be a $20 price tag to see the Premier as a comparison.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why would anyone want to have dinner with this man?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure the wealthy/wealthier voters will be there. They want to make sure their orders are being carried out. They run this island!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Next time do a boxing fundraiser. Pay to box with the Premier. You’ll get more funds for sure.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I miss Durty Reid’s!

  6. Veritas says:

    That’s a lot of money for a plate of curried goat.

  7. Beaumont Zodecloun says:

    We elected this man. In theory, he works for us, the Caymanian citizens; in actuality, our input is not required nor sought. Mr. McLaughlin does not make himself accessible to the people. Our MLAs are elected representatives who — for the most part — do as they wish once elected, regardless of the platform upon which they are elected.

    Mr. Moses is accessible to the people. Very few — if any — of the rest are.

    • West bay Premier says:

      Beaumont Zodecioun , I completely agree with you , how can he be so disrespectful to the people who elected him and he suppose to be representing.in a small Island .
      Why do he think that it’s so important to throw this kind of thing in the face of the little voters ? This is said to be fund raising . The price tag doesn’t say that it is any support that he is looking from the little people.

      To all the people who vote for Politicos like him . Ask yourself the questions . How much access do you have to them ? How often do you get the opportunity to sit down with them and discuss the problems that you see ? Why hire an employee if he is not going to do the job you want him to do , but do it the way he wants to . Why isn’t he making himself more accessible ?

      I think that if he charged $25 per person at the Country and Western bar he would raise 10 times the money and double his supporters. But that way he can’t have private conversations . What are private conversations all about ?

    • Diogenes says:

      There is nothing theoretical about it, he DOES in fact work for us, the people of the Cayman Islands.

      The problem is the general populous cares more about the premier league and where they are going to be on a Friday night, than ensuring that the legislators are looking out for their interests.

      • West bay Premier says:

        Diogenes , yes he does work for the people . Which people ? But not the little people that voted for him . If he creates any jobs , they are sold for work permit revenue. So what good is that for CAYMANIANS they don’t need a work permit. Is he talking about fixing that situation ?

        When he did all the development and the Caymanian voters can’t even get a days work out off it , that’s not helping the little voters . They might get a little handout, what good was that to them ?

      • Anonymous says:

        cracking line up of games in the premier league on Sunday

    • Anonymous says:

      Lie he was front and center at Country this weekend!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Less embarrassing than joining the Lodge, but no doubt less effective too.

  9. Anonymous says:

    No thank you! Just lost my appetite! Why would anyone want to spend money to eat a meal with Alden?!?! If you want to talk to him, just do a little bar hopping and you should find him. That’s free which is the most anyone should have to pay for his presence and conversation. #Keepingitreal

  10. West bay Premier says:

    That’s called chumming the big mutton snappers in .

  11. anonymous says:

    OMG, over two grand to hear the thoughts of a lawyer turned politician? Tell me this is a joke, please..As for the chumps willing to lay out the dough, you need help before you throw any more of your money away on anything ……, er,. other than a bridge I have for sale, actually, ……..in London (U.K.)…. spanning the Thames. Details upon application.

    • Anonymous says:

      But if some man or woman with an accent and claim to be maybe a book writer or some foolish mention, you would be the first to scum up the money to meet and greet.
      This is the Premier of Cayman.

      Give the man his due. If he did this in UK, he would be sold out in a minute.
      Alas, a man is not a man in his own country.
      Caymanians don’t even give him his title respect, how much more do we expect the outsiders?

      Mr. Premier, keep that head up and that hair straight ole boy.
      Be a Premier. (Just like Donald Trump has his haters, many more are his supporters.)
      Cayman’s Premier. Stay clean and resign with good a conscious.

      • West bay Premier says:

        Don’t be comparing him to President Trump . I think that President Trump is for the people, but the Premier is for the select few people and the Government. That’s why it cost $2,200.99 to eat a plate of curry goat with him .

      • Anonymous says:

        Umm no thanks I prefer to eat with people who won’t make me want to hurl

      • Jotnar says:

        Did you mean reign rather than resign?

  12. Anonymous says:

    A better fundraiser your marketing or PR person couldn’t come up with???
    This is why I stopped voting for this party. Bunch of malarchy! Shame on you all fundraiser or not! Instead of encouraging the donors to donate to tangible worthy causes.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Very arrogant, but typical for a politician.
    Lets just ignore it….
    Media shouldn’t even publish this kind of garbage….

    • West bay Premier says:

      Very arrogant but we must ignore it . That’s like your boss saying that you must respect him , but he must not respect you .
      RESPECT must work both ways , unless you’re a asskisser.

  14. Donkey redbayer says:

    I’ve had enough with this dude! He can’t even be bothered to walk around his district when running, he gets voted in, once elected he still can’t be bothered to come by and see how things are.
    Now he wants a fundraiser for a party of 8 to have dinner with him…
    He won’t be getting my vote, mind you it won’t make a difference, the idiots in our area will probably put him back in.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Does no one understand the concept of fundraising? This isn’t about having a conversation with the premier, Cayman is small enough that’s you’d eventually run into him anyway.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes unfortunately access to the Premier now comes with a price! I wonder if that goes for the rich developers marching through his office at GAB as well?

  16. OneVoice says:

    Now really this is the last straw.. This is paying for favors if you ask me. Simple I support you with cash and you do what I want when I want it done. He hangs out at a few local joints no need to pay that kind of money at all. PLEASE

    • Anonymous says:

      Go to da Station, Da Office, Mango Tree or Country and Western to name a few local bars and you can see him for free.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am too busy working to spend my evenings in bars. Given the mess of most of the things he is in charge of, I wonder why he is not working more?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Also available: quarter chicken dinner without any politicians for $15 a head.

  18. Anonymous says:

    It’s a fundraiser people!!!

  19. JAY says:

    I will wait until Friday night so I can have a nice cold one with him at Country & Western Bar for free

  20. "Anonymousir" says:

    wonder if he wants to help me raise some money, come to my house and have dinner with me for $2200. just be 2 of us tho. no table of 8 … i mean, we could invite the “speaker” as well. talk about the CDPPM and how they became one!

  21. Anonymous says:

    How much!?! This is another example of PPM excluding the middle and lower income Caymanians!

    PPM = Poor People don’t Matter.

  22. Anonymous says:

    How cheap. My lawyer would charge him $5000 for sitting at a table that long.

  23. Anonymous says:

    If I pay more, can I bring decent and upstanding people like Wayne Panton and Marco Archer as my guests, or would that put you off your meal?

  24. Anonymous says:

    This is a joke right?

  25. Anonymous says:

    I’d rather eat my shoes.

  26. Gaius A. Diocletian says:

    Clinton Era,,,,,

  27. kendrik says:

    I saw and chatted with him at Salty’s Bar a few months ago for hours and that was free of charge, why would I pay to sit with him, hes a human being like myself right!

  28. Anonymous says:

    No thank you. I will wait until the Cayman Islands government has a Premier and other leaders that you can have access to to discuss important issues with without first paying cash incentives to their party. What have we become?

    • Goodheart says:

      While the grass is growing , the horse is starving. Come on $2200 could make several Caymanian families fed for several months! Gone are those days! Cayman has now become too depraved.

      • annonymous says:

        the nerve ! don’t let him become more pompous than he is already, He won’t be able to get his head in the door of the LA Building.

      • Anonymous says:

        Come on you are just jealous that Ez and Arden would have to pay us $2,200 to get our ear. Opps sorry, on second thought they would stand up on the self righteous stuff.

      • Anonymous says:

        @Goodheart – I appreciate your sentiment. But have to been to the grocery stores lately? $2,200 may feed 4 families for one month. But it certainly isn’t feeding several families for several months. Not at today’s prices.

    • Anonymous says:

      Answer: A government For Sale. No sorry a people for sale by sell out politicians.

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