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Below are random extracts pulled from two of our two most recent Prime Ministers’ speeches when they were addressing the nation in crisis.

The first set of quotes has been taken from Monday’s (23 March 2020) speech by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

The second set of quotes (23 February 2011) are those of then Prime Minister John Key, immediately following the Christchurch earthquake.

Can you spot the difference?

The BFD. Former PM John Key and PM Jacinda Ardern Credits: Image – Getty

Jacinda Ardern:

“I” have just announced up to tens of thousands of New Zealanders could die from COVID-19…
“I” will not take that chance…
“I” would rather make this decision now, and save those lives…
“I” hope you are all with me on that…
“I” cannot stress enough the need for every New Zealander to follow the advice “I” have laid out today “I” am in no doubt that the measures “I” have announced today…
“I” have one final message. Be kind.

John Key:

“We” know that you too are shocked, unnerved and grieving…
“We” know that your loss is sharpened by fear…
“We” feel connected to your suffering…
“We” pay tribute to the hundreds of search and “rescue workers, emergency personnel, medical professionals”…
“Our” minds go to the mothers and fathers comforting children…
On behalf of “the Government”, let me be clear that no one will be left to walk this journey alone.
“New Zealand” will walk this journey…
I am advised that “the Police” have confirmed…
I have also spoken by telephone with “Leader of the Opposition Phil Goff” to inform him of this decision and I also thanked him for “his efforts” on the ground in Christchurch.
A statement will be coming from “Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s” office shortly outlining further details of this overseas assistance.

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