It is that last detail that has really left people perturbed and here at indy100 we’re all about asking the important questions. Did the staffer have bubble wrap the wine bottles to prevent them for breaking? Why is there a suitcase in Number 10? Is a Covid rule-breaking party less bad if the wine is red, white, or rose?
And crucially: Just how many bottles of wine would the hapless staffer have managed to have brought back to Downing Street by themselves?
An investigation follows:
To fill a suitcase with wine, we, of course, need two things - a suitcase, and wine.
So, here is a small suitcase. A five-night away jobby. The kind of suitcase you might just about squeeze into overhead luggage on a budget airline, but could end up parting with cash over to put it in the hold. We don’t know if that is the equipment the Downing Street staff member was dealing with, but it’s what we are for this particular experiment.
How many bottles of wine would it take to fill a suitcase?
After a bit of time spent trying to work out whether to pack the bottles sideways or lengthways and whether stacking bottles on top of bottles is just asking for trouble (it is), a thoroughly scientific method has concluded that you can fit five bottles of plonk in a suitcase - which fair play, is more than you can probably get in a bag for life.
Of course, this information is of vital importance. We understand that there were around 30 attendees at the two parties combined, meaning that if they shared five 750ml bottles of wine they would have been able to have a 125ml glass each - that’s one small glass exactly.
Using only guesswork as a barometer, this means they probably weren’t all that drunk - so could inebriation work as a reasonable defence for letting standards and rules slip?
We think not and rest our case (of wine). Over to you, Sue.