Weasel award of the week

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has earned the Weasel award of the week for saying that if she had to sack everyone who made a mistake, there would be no one left in politics.

“We absolutely accept mistakes have been made and from a range of different people involved,” Jacinda Ardern told Newshub Nation on Saturday morning, when asked about the Young Labour summer camp scandal.

“But, look, if everyone who ever made a mistake in their job was sacked, we wouldn’t be left with many people left, particularly in politics.

“I’m sure I will make mistakes in the way that I continue to manage this on an ongoing basis too, but we will do our best.”

Ardern’s weasel statement is basically a get-out-of-jail-free card. Labour have always called for heads to roll when National party people have made a ‘mistake’ and many National MPs have resigned when their ‘mistakes’ have been made public.

John Key was particularly ruthless when it came to ‘mistakes’ and he was prepared to throw even innocent people under the bus if the accusations against them made him and his government look bad. In complete contrast, Labour under Jacinda Ardern seem to think that there should be no serious consequences for ‘mistakes’, even when they are 100% guilty as charged, if they are from her people.

So, what were these ‘mistakes’ that Ardern thinks are no big deal?

  1. Broke the law by supplying alcohol to minors (the MSM seems to be totally ignoring this ‘mistake’).
  2. No supervision of young people under their care while they were intoxicated.
  3. Four alleged sexual assaults occurred.
  4. Broke the law by using unlicensed premises to supply alcohol (the MSM seems to be ignoring this ‘mistake’ as well).
  5. They didn’t offer professional help to the alleged victims until 28 days later!
  6. They didn’t involve the police despite four very serious accusations of criminal conduct.
  7. They made the decision to hide the assaults from the multiple underage victims’ parents by not informing them about what happened.
  8. Labour MP Megan Woods didn’t tell the Prime Minister what happened.

Of those eight serious ‘mistakes’ above, our Prime Minister seems only mildly concerned about two of them.

Ms Ardern says the “major mistake” on his part was his delay in “putting support around those young people”.

[…] Ms Ardern said she didn’t think Mr Kirton should lose his job, but wouldn’t rule out the possibility he’d be asked to go following an external review of the party’s handling of the incident.

[…] She said that while there was criticism of Mr Kirton, there have also been “…people who’ve worked in the sexual abuse space who’ve said on some elements he did absolutely the right thing. So it does go both ways.”

She’s also defending Labour MP Megan Woods’ decision not to inform the Prime Minister straight away. Ms Ardern only found out through the media last week.

“That’s political management. And, look, we can talk about whether or not a no-surprises policy should’ve kicked in at that point, but actually, the more important point was working alongside the party to get the support for these young people.”

Labour MP Liz Craig, who was pictured at the camp beside young people consuming beverages, was asleep when the alleged assault occurred. However Ms Ardern says it’s not yet established whether the drinks were alcoholic.

We have seen leaked videos of drunk young people dancing on tables as well as read eyewitness accounts of young people vomiting into bushes. Then there is the indisputable photographic evidence of Labour list MP Liz Craig, drinking alcohol with young people at night. Of course, it has been established that the drinks were alcoholic!

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


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