The Budget Debate always puts the Leader of the Opposition up head-to-head with the Prime Minister. The LotO traditionally moves a vote of no confidence in the Budget (and by definition in the Government), and naturally, the Prime Minister defends the measures announced by the Minister of Finance.
It's a combination of theatre, politics and brinksmanship. It's the LotO's big chance to match up to the PM with even billing. So here are the two leaders' speeches from yesterday; first up was David Shearer:
Mr Shearer was followed immediately by John Key:
We don't propose to comment on these speeches. We've simply put them up against one another to allow our readers (both of them!) to compare and contrast. If you want to comment, go right ahead; we're pleased to be of service!