Instead of hosing down expectations, Mr Key threw a keg of kero on to them when he suddenly started talking of early debt repayment, more spending, and tax relief.
Next week is Bill English's eighth Budget, so what should we expect? Debt or taxes? More spending or saving for a rainy day?
Battlelines drawn as database goes live. Hooton labels it "The biggest orchestrated political smear in history." With special feature audio.