Strictly monitored or an unsupervised party with easy access to booze?

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Guest Post:

On Tuesday morning Whaleoil revealed that Labour MP Liz Craig was present while young people were drinking during the recent Labour camp. This was later confirmed by Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during her crisis press conference that afternoon. During this conference she stated that Ms Craig was asleep during the alleged sexual assaults of the four young people. Ms Craig later released a statement reiterating this fact and insisting that the alcohol consumption during the camp was strictly monitored.

Image supplied: Labour list MP Liz Craig with members of Young Labour

This later statement seems to be in direct contradiction to the evidence available from the leaked videos of Labour’s summer camp and eyewitness reports describing the evening as an unsupervised party with drinking games beginning from 6 pm that day.

So much drinking is said to have occurred that the eyewitness stated, “On the Sunday morning after the incidents occurred, people were vomiting in toilets and in the bushes and were not able to attend morning speeches because they were so intoxicated from the night before.”

High-level diagram of camp facilities – Source: Camp Waitawheta’s Website

Craig’s statement of being asleep at the time seems to be extremely implausible as camp floor plans and measurements using Google Earth indicates that the maximum distance from the dining room to sleeping accommodations is less than 25 meters. Furthermore, the public is expected to believe that despite Ms Craig’s experience as a doctor and as a vocal critic against youth drinking she neither witnessed any evidence of the previous night’s events nor was her advice sought by the Camp Supervisor, Young Labour’s Senior Executive Secretary, Tess Macintyre.

Illustration of Camp Waitawheta and location of buildings – Source: Google Earth

Detailed summary of sleeping quarters – Source: Camp Waitawheta’s Website

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